Senior Exit Survey

About the Survey

The Pennsylvania State Department of Education requires each district in Pennsylvania to administer an exit survey to seniors. The primary purpose of the exit survey is to capture students’ intentions after high school—specifically, whether they are planning to obtain additional education, employment, or to pursue other activities.  In fulfillment and extension of this requirement, Office of Research and Evaluation, in collaboration with the Office of College and Career Readiness and Office of Career and Technical Education, has collected data on students’ high school experiences and the supports they received in preparing for life after high school since 2014. Beginning in 2016, ORE also administered a customized exit survey for students in alternative schools, including the Educational Options Program and Juvenile Justice schools.  Each year students with twelfth grade status access the survey through a link in their Student Portal. Counselors are primarily responsible for ensuring student completion.

Key Findings from the 2017-18 Senior Exit Survey

For the 2017-2018 Senior Exit Survey, 5,746 seniors participated from 55 District high schools, representing 72.4% of enrolled 12th graders. Responses indicated that:

  • 84.5% of seniors intended to pursue post-secondary education within one year of graduation
  • 30.6% of seniors who intended to pursue post-secondary education within one year of graduation planned on attending Community College within PA
  • 26.7% 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
  • 53.6% of seniors strongly agreed that adults at their school gave them a lot of help in applying for college

For More Information

2017-18 Senior Exit Survey Results

2017-18 EOP Senior Exit Survey Results

Summer Melt:  College Intentions vs. College Enrollment of 2017 SDP Seniors (Research Brief)

2016-17 Senior Exit Survey Results

2015-16 Senior Exit Survey Results

2014-15 Senior Exit Survey Results

 

Next Survey Administration

The 2018-19 Senior Exit Survey will open in May, 2019.