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Oklahoma High School Indicators Project

Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program
Headcount, Semester Hours and GPA

Background

In Senate Bill No. 183 from the 1989 legislative session, Section 13 set up a program designed to evaluate the performance of individual schools and school districts in the state of Oklahoma.  This program not only required multiple types of evaluation by the State Department of Education, but also required that the individual schools and districts be notified of these evaluations, and that the general public also be advised as to the "effectiveness" of individual schools or districts.  In response to the directive of SB 183, the State Regents provide the following four reports; (1) High School to College-Going Rates for Oklahoma High School Graduates to Oklahoma Colleges; (2) Headcount, Semester Hours, and GPA Report; (3) Mean ACT Scores by Oklahoma High School Site; and (4) Remediation Rates for Oklahoma High School Graduates in Oklahoma Public Higher Education (beginning in 1995).

As part of the State Regents’ cooperative effort with the State Department of Education to provide measures or "indicators" of educational performance, has produced the Headcount, Semester Hours and GPA Summary.

Methodology

The data used to construct this summary come from two sources, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  Data derived from the State Department are aggregate data, not individual student data, reported to the Department by individual high schools each year.  The State Regents' data are created from the Unitized Data System (UDS).  The UDS contains a large number of distinct "units" of data for individual college students every semester.  Because no comparable database exists for high school students, recent high school graduates are estimated by ages 17, 18, and 19.

These first-time-entering freshmen are the same students identified in the linear-rate in the most recent single-year section of the "High School to College-Going Rates of Oklahoma High School Graduates” report.  The total number of first-time-entering freshmen will differ on these two reports because the "High School to College-Going Rates of Oklahoma High School Graduates” report accounts for both public and private institutions of higher education and this report accounts for only the public institutions. 

The summary provides academic year headcount, semester hour, and cumulative GPA information on recent high school graduates as first-time-entering freshmen for each county, district, and high school site.  The headcount and semester hours data are distributed by GPA ranges (0.0-1.6, 1.7-1.9, 2.0-2.9, 3.0+) numerically and by percent within each range.

Analysis

The headcount, semester hour, and grade point average (GPA) summary provides academic year headcount, semester hour, and cumulative GPA information for 2007 high school graduates as fall2007 first-time entering college freshmen in Oklahoma public institutions.  The headcount and semester hour data are distributed by GPA ranges (0.0-1.6, 1.7-1.9, 2.0-2.9, 3.0+) numerically and by percent within each range.

From 2003-04 to 2007-08, four out of every ten fall first-time freshmen maintained a 3.0 or better GPA as seen in the graph below.  Over the last five years the percent of Oklahoma high school graduates with a 3.0 or better GPA during the first year of college has increased nine tenths of a full point to 43.2 percent.  This is an increase of five tenths of a point from the previous year.

For cell values with five or fewer students, the headcount and total semester hours have been entered but no additional GPA information has been provided in order to comply with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  An asterisk has been entered next to the headcount number as a reminder that this situation exists. 

All high school graduate years can be viewed by selecting the appropriate links provided on the Oklahoma State Regents website.  For more information on high school to college-going rates Randy McCrary at 405.225.9100 or rmccrary@osrhe.edu

Head-count, Semester and GPA Tables

Link 2007 GPA tables

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