Percentage of recent high school graduates in Washington state that enroll in a postsecondary institution at some point during the following academic year, starting with 2005. Data is a measure of enrollments and not students, therefore a student that enrolls in a 2-year college and a 4-year college in the same academic year could be counted for both institutions. The total percentage of high school graduates attending college is an unduplicated percentage.
Education and Research Data Center (ERDC) High School Feedback Reports, Table 1. Data retrieved on May 18, 2016 from http://www.erdcdata.wa.gov/hsfb.aspx.
Data last updated in May 2016 by Washington KIDS COUNT.
Postsecondary enrollment data for Community and Technical Colleges was provided by the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). Students were considered enrolled if they took courses that count towards a certificate or degree or if their courses prepared them to transfer to a 4-year institution. Washington public 4-year enrollment data was gathered from the Public Centralized Higher Education Enrollment System (PCHEES), managed by the Office of Financial Management. A student was considered enrolled if they were registered for at least one credit-earning course during the academic year. Enrollment data for Washington private and out-of-state institutions was provided by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), which captures 92 percent of all postsecondary enrollment nationwide.
For more information about the methodology used by ERDC, take a look at their technical appendix here: http://www.erdcdata.wa.gov/AbouttheData.pdf