Using The Common Data Set

In a system where selective colleges benefit from as many applicants as possible even as acceptance becomes rarer than ever, smart applicants need to do more than take public statements at face value. Prepare to delve into the data! Amy and Mike invited educator Shane Bybee to explain how to use the Common Data Set.

What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. What is the Common Data Set?
  2. How and by whom can the Common Data Set be accessed?
  3. What kind of information does the CDS hold?
  4. Why should college applicants seek this information out?
  5. What are the limitations of the CDS?

MEET OUR GUEST

Shane Bybee of Bybee College Prep has spent over half his life teaching. Along the way, he has worked with thousands of different students teaching everything from remedial 7th grade English/Language Arts to Dual Credit English IV and AP Language and Composition and even remedial Algebra I. Every year, no matter the subject he taught, his students outperformed the campus average on standardized tests. He has written curriculum, presented topics at the state convention for English teachers, and created professional development sessions for colleagues and school districts.

While earning a masters degree in Educational Leadership and getting certified as an administrator, he started Bybee College Prep. He did research into how schools could help more students achieve National Merit recognition. His research grew into a tutorial service that has helped dozens of students reach National Merit Semifinalist status.

As an educator, he is certified to teach Gifted and Talented students and has completed courses for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. He has also served on test item review committees multiple times for the companies that write standardized tests and helped write online curriculum used by major test preparation companies. He understands what goes into crafting these tests.

Shane is also the co-founder of Parent University and host of the Let’s Talk College Podcast.

Shane has appeared on this podcast in episode 25 to discuss When Gifted and Talented Students Struggle and again in episode 195 as the subject of a Test Prep Profile.

Find Shane at shane@bybeecollegeprep.com.

LINKS

Common Data Set Initiative
Texas A&M Student Data and Reports
College Navigator – National Center for Education Statistics

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