Ninth Grade

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“Failure is Not an Option”: Washington High School’s Focus on Freshmen Boosts Graduation Rates

September 25, 2017 | Student Achievement

Ten years ago, Washington High School (WHS) in Tacoma, Washington, was deemed a dropout factory: Only 57 percent of freshmen students graduated in four years. Over the past decade, however, the graduation rate at WHS has increased by 30 percentage points, to an impressive 87 percent. And importantly, this rate…

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Why Is Ninth Grade a Critical Time for Students? A Researcher Explains

September 25, 2017 | Student Achievement

There are a number of reasons that a student may fall behind in school, but one of the most impactful is making the transition to high school. Research shows that whether students graduate from high school is largely determined during their freshman year. In this Q&A, Elaine M. Allensworth, Lewis-Sebring…