Senior Exit Survey

About the Survey

The Pennsylvania State Department of Education requires each Pennsylvania district to administer an exit survey to students in their senior year. The primary purpose of the exit survey is to capture students’ intentions after high school—specifically whether they plan to obtain additional education, employment, or to pursue other activities. In fulfillment and extension of this requirement, ORE–in collaboration with the Office of College and Career Readiness and the Office of Career and Technical Education–has collected data on students’ high school experiences and college and career supports since 2014. Since 2016, ORE has also administered a customized exit survey for students in alternative schools, including the Educational Options Program and Juvenile Justice schools.

Key Findings

In 2019-20, ORE received responses from 4,499 seniors at 66 District high schools, representing 52.9% of enrolled 12th grade students. Responses indicated that:

  • 81.6% of seniors intended to pursue post-secondary education within one year of graduation;
  • Approximately 75% of seniors who intended to pursue post-secondary education within one year of graduation also intended to work (either full-time or part-time) while in school;
  • 31.1% of seniors who intended to pursue post-secondary education within one year of graduation planned on attending a 2-year college;
  • 25.9% of seniors who intended to pursue post-secondary education within one year of graduation chose health-related fields as their top college major of choice;
  • 23.5% of students who intended post-secondary education within one year of graduation and 38.5% of students who did not intend post-secondary education within one year of graduation indicated that their plans after high school have changed because of COVID-19; and
  • 62% of seniors strongly agreed that adults at their school gave them help in applying for college.

For More Information

Contact seniorexitsurveys@philasd.org for more information.

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