Attainment Dashboard

Background Attainment Dashboard Projection Tool

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About the Dashboard

In Ohio’s pursuit to have at least 65% of Ohioans, ages 25-64, equipped with a degree, certificate or other postsecondary credential of value in the workforce, our state and communities monitor several leading indicators to see if we are progressing toward this goal.  These indicators show historical trends and current status in preparing individuals for post-secondary education, in helping them enroll and complete a degree or certificate, and in closing achievement gaps by race, gender, and socio-economic status.  Some metrics are also available by county or institution.  Click on the icons and arrows below to explore the data.

Data are updated on an annual basis. Click here for more detailed information about and definitions for each metric.

Additional data on how Ohio is preparing individuals for success and creating a competitive workforce are available from the Ohio Department of Education K-12 Report Cards, Higher Education Data & Reports, Ohio’s Workforce Supply Tool , and Ohio Workforce Success Measures.





Metric Information & Definitions

For all of the metrics in the dashboard, the data source is noted at the bottom of each graph. Additional metric information is below (click on a topic to open).

ACT Scores and Test Results

The ACT scores are the average scores for high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors who took the test under standard- or extended time conditions and achieved a college reportable composite score.  The most recent test score is used in this dashboard for students testing more than once. Some Ohio districts and communities may also collect data on the average ACT scores of students based on the highest score for students who tested more than once. Visit the ACT website for more information about the test.

Educational Attainment by County

These data are sourced from the American Community Survey administered by the US Census Bureau.   An important note is that the survey reports median annual earnings for individuals who have an associate degree, a certificate, or some college without a credential in one category. In addition, educational attainment among individuals whose highest level of education is a certificate or some college without a degree are included into one sum. Ohio aims to better differentiate individuals who hold an associate degree or a certificate from those who have some college, but no credential. As data sources improve, Ohio will be able to disaggregate these data further to better understand how many Ohioans hold an associate degree or workforce certificate to count toward the attainment goal.

8th Grade Reading and Math Proficiency

Theses metrics are the percentage of 8th grade students who tested as proficient or above on the state test for reading, mathematics, or both. Please note that there was a change in testing instruments between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.  For more information on the Ohio State tests, visit the Ohio Department of Education website. County level aggregation for proficiency is based on the district’s location.

Four-Year High School Graduation Rate

This graduation rate includes as graduates only those public educations students who earn diplomas within four years of entering ninth grade for the first time. More information is available from the Ohio Department of Education.

Six-Year Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time students who earned a bachelor’s degree within six years or less at the same Ohio public four-year university of their initial enrollment. The years on the graph are the entry year for the cohort. Click here for more information on Graduation and Retention Rates.

Six-Year Retention Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time students who have stayed enrolled for six-year period but have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree from an Ohio public university. The years on the graph are the entry year for the cohort. Click here for more information on Graduation and Retention Rates.

Three-Year Success Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time students at an Ohio public community college who earned a degree or remained enrolled in higher education (including transfer to a baccalaureate institution) after a three-year period. Click here for more information on Graduation and Retention Rates.

Average Student Credit Hours by Term

The average number of credits for which a student at the selected institution was enrolled for the semester.

Certificates by Ohio Technical Center

The number of students awarded technical certificates that are designed for an occupation or specific employment opportunity. These are program completion certificates awarded by Ohio Technical Centers.

Post-Secondary Enrollment

The number and percentage of the student body enrolled in an Ohio public college or university, including an institution’s multiple campuses based on the state of the student’s permanent home address. The counts are based on Fall enrollment data.  Click here for additional public higher education Enrollment data.

Post-Secondary Persistence

The number of students who persist/ continue (red) or do not continue (gray) from their first year of enrollment in an Ohio public college or university to a second year at any Ohio public college or university. Click here for more on First-to-Second Year Persistence Rates.