Acceptance to Next Institution

Acceptance to Next Institution
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The percentage of students who have a verified acceptance letter from their next institution—trade school, community college, technical college, university, military or apprenticeship program.

The importance of additional education and training post-high school has increased significantly in the last decade. The high school diploma is no longer sufficient in the 21st century. Tacoma Public Schools recognizes there are multiple pathways to success after high school – four-year university, community/technical college, apprenticeship or military service. And we’re committed to ensuring every student meets the entrance requirements that grant them access to post-secondary options.

In fact, TPS is the first school district in Washington to create a comprehensive process for monitoring student acceptance to post-secondary education. The High School and Beyond Plan is created by each student and ensures readiness for the next step after high school, by including verification that the student applied for, and was accepted into, their post-secondary choice. Verified Acceptance to Next Institution strengthens our culture of college-going and post-secondary planning by infusing an expectation that every Tacoma student can and will be successful in their life after high school.

Developing plans for life after graduation while still in high school is important to a smooth transition to the next phase of students' lives. ​​Helping students plan their next steps and monitoring how many students are acting on their plans is important to determining our students' success.

Tacoma Public Schools website offers students and parents a lot of help in planning for life after high school.

Time of Year Benchmark is Viewed What's Displayed by Benchmark
Between start of new school year, and before end of 1st semester Only displays previous school years’ annual data
After end of 1st semester, but before end of 2nd semester  
After end of 2nd semester, but before start of new school year  


Open Report

Understanding the data

This annual benchmark displays the percentage of high school students by their federal cohort year who have a documented acceptance at a post-high institution or program.

School staff document students' verified acceptance in the student information system which updates the data warehouse nightly.

The data can be viewed by district, school, and race. The data maybe further filtered by gender, English Language Learner status, free and reduced lunch status, special education status, and race.


  • Number of students with documented verified acceptance divided by the number of enrolled high students.
  • Students must be active.
  • Student must have verified acceptance from a next institution (Community College, University, Military, Apprentice Program, etc).
  • Students can be accepted to multiple institutions or programs.

Data Retrieval Schedule

The data is updated nightly; however, the display of the most recent school year's data occurs by July 6 annually.

Input From

Data warehouse

Legacy reports

Our current reports show data from the 2018 school year and beyond using improved reporting tools. Legacy reports show older data using older tools.

Open legacy report