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​High School Transition Report Dashboard

The South Dakota Board of Regents is dedicated to increasing the proportion of high school students who are prepared to take full advantage of the learning opportunities offered by the state's public universities. Since 1995, SDBOR has conducted an annual analysis of the first-year performance of regental students matriculating from in-state high schools. In past years, individualized (district-level) data readouts – depicting regental enrollments, remedial placements, course-taking patterns, and first-year academic outcomes – were distributed to the state’s school districts as a resource for assessing their efforts to prepare students for postsecondary success.

The current High School Transition Report Dashboard (HSTR-D) replaces the earlier district mailers with a central source of public data related to SDBOR’s annual HSTR analysis. With this tool, readers may explore – for any of the state’s school districts – data related to students’ first-year academic outcomes in the public university system. We hope that by providing this information, school administrators, guidance counselors, and parents will be able to make informed decisions about how best to prepare current students for a meaningful postsecondary experience. 

Specifically, the HSTR-D includes any regental student who:

  1. graduated from a South Dakota high school during the immediately preceding school year (OR) was a South Dakota resident completing a home school program during the immediately preceding school year; (AND)
  2. was admitted to a regental baccalaureate or associate’s degree program; (AND)
  3. was a first-time college student. 

It is important to understand that this report is only one source of information that high schools may use to assess the preparation of their students for postsecondary education. This tool does not report on districts’ entire populations of graduates, does not analyze high schools’ course offerings, and does not compare the overall quality of high schools.​




Source: Regents Information Systems


  • To protect the anonymity of individual students, school-level data are suppressed for groups smaller than five.  Data from these groups are included in statewide totals.
  • The “All Other High Schools” comparison group (seen in most graphs in this dashboard) refers to all high schools other than the selected high school.  The composition of this group will change depending on which high school is selected.
  • “Cumulative first-year GPA” is calculated as the sum of fall and spring grade points divided by the sum of fall and spring GPA hours; this measure is calculated only for students who complete credits (and do not drop) in both the fall and spring semesters
  • “First year attempted credit hours” is calculated as the sum of fall and spring attempted credit hours
  • “First year completed credit hours” is calculated as the sum of fall and spring completed credit hours
  • “Took AP Course(s)” refers to students who took and passed at least one Advanced Placement course and requested that a score report be sent to any regental institution.

For more information, please​ see the latest SDBOR high school transition narrative report, available HERE.

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