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File Layout: Graduates in Colleges Nationwide

File structure for State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) postsecondary indicator C11, high school graduates enrolled in postsecondary institutions nationally, by race/ethnicity & subgroup for 2008–09.


Type Field






This 14-digit code is the official, unique identification of a school within California. The first two digits identify the county, the next five digits identify the school district, and the last seven digits identify the school.




Agency name.




This is a coded field for identifying subgroups of students. The subgroups are coded as follows:

  • EL – English learners
  • SD – Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
  • SE – Students with Disabilities
  • ALL – Total of all subgroups




This is a coded field for identifying racial/ethnic designation. The racial/ethnic designations are coded as follows:

  • 0 – Not Reported
  • 1 – American Indian or Alaskan Native, not Hispanic
  • 2 – Asian, not Hispanic
  • 3 – Pacific Islander, not Hispanic
  • 5 – Hispanic or Latino
  • 6 – African American, not Hispanic
  • 7 – White, not Hispanic
  • 9 – Two or more races, not Hispanic
  • ALL – Total of all races/ethnicities




Total number of students who have graduated from California public high schools.




Number of the high school graduates who have enrolled in postsecondary institutions, whether located inside or outside of the state of California, within 16 months of their high school graduation.




Percentage of total high school graduates who have enrolled in postsecondary institutions, whether located inside or outside the state of California, within 16 months of their high school graduation.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) in the data file are used to protect student privacy where there are ten or fewer students.

Process used to develop Indicator C11

  • California extracted an electronic data file from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) containing those students that California public school districts reported as having graduated between August 16, 2008 and August 15, 2009. The data file was securely transmitted to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC).

  • The NSC developed a match process to compare students in the file against those students in the NSC's database containing postsecondary student enrollments. If the students had enrolled in postsecondary institutions within 16 months of the date of graduation, the students were flagged as having enrolled in postsecondary institutions.

  • The NSC returned electronic data files to the CDE with an indication of whether or not the students were found as enrolled within 16 months of graduation.

  • The CDE produced the school-, district- and county-level reports. The CDE used the NSC statewide level counts file for the statewide report.

Disclaimers on the accuracy of Indicator C11

Most likely, the numbers and percentages of students represented in this report are underestimated. Below is a list of reasons for the possible underestimation of numbers:

  • Non-participating institutions: Some postsecondary institutions do not participate in the NSC, and as such, their postsecondary enrollment data are not in the NSC’s database. The NSC’s database encompasses 93% of postsecondary institutions in the U.S.

  • FERPA opt-outs: Under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), a student has the right to opt out of having his or her information included when an educational institution releases student directory information.

  • NSC match process: The NSC uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate a match rate. A student may provide a slightly different version of his or her name to different educational agencies and institutions. Depending on how variant the name is, the match may not be a strong match and, as a result, the student will not be indicated as enrolled in a postsecondary institution.

  • The NSC does not use state assigned identifiers for schools; instead, it uses the ACT (College Board) school identifier. Given the ACT code has not been verified by school districts or high schools, some students may be attributed to the wrong school or district. California intends to build a process to allow school districts and schools to verify their ACT Code on an annual basis.
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Last Reviewed: Monday, August 17, 2015

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