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The TRACE Graduate Follow-up System
The TRACE System combines contemporary research techniques and methods, commonly used by marketing and polling organizations, to secure accurate, reliable, multi-purpose survey data from graduates. The TRACE methodology avoids the issues and pitfalls that limit the quality and constructive use of follow-up data.

Longitudinal Follow-up Studies
Longitudinal survey data, especially when used in conjunction with baseline data from the initial follow-up study, provide insights into such issues as higher education completion and dropout rates, attitudinal and opinion modification over time, and changes in career choices. For longitudinal studies, new and larger samples of graduates are selected to compensate for population mobility and related factors that influence response levels. Research has shown that classes may be surveyed three and five years post-graduation.

Student Surveys
Current students—at elementary, middle, and high school levels—can be surveyed to evaluate their needs, opinions and attitudes, and out-of-school behaviors that might influence scholastic progress. Exit surveys of high school seniors provide baseline and intent information for comparison with graduate follow-up data.

Parental Surveys
Surveys of parents provide their opinions and views concerning specific programs and services as well as general impressions of the school or district. The TRACE sampling model can be used to select parents of representative groups of students.

Other Services
Decision Research also provides consulting and data analysis services to assist schools and districts with their research needs.

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