What student characteristics are related to completing high school within four years? The answer to that question is important in developing early warning indicators to identify students at risk of dropping out or not graduating on time and to design interventions to help them get back on track.
Based on data from four Oregon school districts, this REL Northwest study found that males and English learners had lower on-time graduation rates than other students. Confirming results from other national studies, this research also shows that attendance and GPA in grades 8 and 9 are valuable early warning indicators of students who may drop out or fail to finish high school on time. After other factors were accounted for, race/ethnicity and achievement on standardized tests were less predictive of graduating on time.