How to keep freshmen on track for graduation

By: | April 22, 2019
The School District of Lee County in Florida created the position of dropout coordinator in 2017 to keep students on track for finishing high school.The School District of Lee County in Florida created the position of dropout coordinator in 2017 to keep students on track for finishing high school.

Since Chicago Public Schools implemented the University of Chicago’s Freshman OnTrack indicator, the percentage of ninth-graders who’ve stayed on track, or earned the appropriate number of credits to graduate, has increased from 57 to 82 percent.

Among the other data points:

  • On-track rates improved for all students, but especially for African-American males whose on-track rate rose to 71 percent in 2013 from 43 percent in 2005.
    The number of students earning B’s has increased.
  • Freshmen who pass all of their classes have a 90 percent chance of graduating from high school, compared to roughly 70 percent of those who have failed a class.
  • Seventy percent of ninth-graders who earned mostly A’s went to college; only half of students with mostly C’s moved on.

Sources: University of Chicago and The To&Through Project


Main story: Dropout prevention gives students reason to stay


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