Many Greater Boston DSAC partnering districts and schools are also using this time to analyze high school data, evaluating how well their programs are preparing students for entrance into postsecondary education. In June 2014 MA DESE partnered with the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University to better understand academic preparation, postsecondary educational attainment, and college-going outcomes of students. The Strategic Data Project's College Going Diagnostic of MA DESE shared the following key findings:
- Low income students are less likely to persist in college than their non-low income peers. Low income students are also more likely to enroll in two year colleges.
- Less than half of ninth grade MA students completed high school within five years, entered college and persisted through their second year of college
- More than 20% of high school graduates planning to attend college fail to enroll at any post-secondary institution.
- Students attending four year colleges are more likely to persist to the second year that students attending two year institutions.
- Students who enroll in college immediately following high school graduation are more likely to persist than those who delay enrollment.