This website was supported by ED-IES-12-C-0004, the 2012-2017 Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest.
Funding for this contract has expired and this website is no longer being maintained.
Please visit for more information about the Regional Educational Laboratory Program

Using Data to Prepare Students for College and Careers

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Camtasia Studio video content presented here requires JavaScript to be enabled and the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. If you are using a browser with JavaScript disabled please enable it now. Otherwise, please update your version of the free Adobe Flash Player by downloading here.

Download the webinar transcript.


REL Midwest hosted this webinar designed to provide educators and stakeholders with information from research and practices emerging in the field on using data to prepare students for college and careers. The webinar provided participants with a forum to learn about research-based strategies from the field on how to use data to determine if high school interventions are working to prepare students for college and careers. It also gave audience members an opportunity to ask a content expert and panelists specific questions about the use of data that will prepare students for college and careers.

The event featured Chrys Dougherty, Ph.D., senior research scientist at ACT, Inc., and the National Center for Educational Achievement. Dr. Dougherty discussed his report, Using the Right Data to Determine if High School Interventions Are Working to Prepare Students for College and Careers, which focuses on identifying students who have large academic preparation gaps upon entering high school and developing databases that can be used to identify promising interventions. In addition, Dr. Dougherty talked about his current research on closing academic achievement gaps over two four-year periods.

The event also included a panel discussion featuring Jeffrey McGonigal, associate superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota, as well as Wendy Skibinski, principal of Ben Davis University High School in Indiana, who focused on how they are using data in their district or school. 



Chrys Dougherty, Senior Research Scientist
ACT, Inc., and National Center for Educational Achievement

Jeffrey McGonigal, Associate Superintendent
Anoka-Hennepin School District, Minnesota

Wendy Skibinski, Principal
Ben Davis University High School, Indianapolis, Indiana


Related Resources

Dougherty, C. (2010). Using the right data to determine if high school interventions are working to prepare students for college and careers. National High School Center at American Institutes for Research. Retrieved from

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (2012). Every child a graduate, college and career ready. Retrieved from