- Middle school students feel safe and welcome at their school
- 8th graders are math proficient
- 9th graders are on-track for high school graduation
- 9th graders regularly attend school
- 9th graders linked to mentor
- Youth remain connected with school during and after disciplinary action
- Students take 3+ college level courses before the end of high school
- Students are ready for college-level coursework
- Students persist from fall to fall in college
9th Graders regularly attend school
Students who attend school regularly are more likely to be successful. As with sixth grade attendance, 9th grade attendance is an important indicator of future academic success and graduation rates. Regular attendance is so important it is tied to the 9th graders “on track” indicator; students are not considered on track if they do not attend regularly.
Most absences are excused or associated with suspension, meaning that the parent or caregiver signed off or the school created an opportunity for absence. Therefore we must ensure that our academic disciplinary policies and message to families and high school students is consistent: being in school matters.
Early interventions to engage students, such as mentorship programs and positive, personal outreach to students and families can prevent chronic absenteeism.
Data Source: Hewitt, Krissi. “2013–14 Regional Achievement Compact Data.” Oregon Education Investment Board, Office of the Chief Education Officer. E-mail to authors, January 6, 2015.
Reference: “Secondary School Absenteeism.” Attendance Works, Collected Reports. (November 2014). http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/publications/track-indicator-predictor-high-school-graduation.