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Persisting Students: Exploring the Pathways and Outcomes of Students Who Don’t Graduate in Four Years, But Remain Enrolled in NYC High Schools

September 26, 2018
Why 'persisting students' fall behind

Over the past decade, New York City’s graduation rates have risen dramatically. Still, roughly a quarter of each entering 9th grade class does not graduate on time.
Some of these students permanently drop out within their first four years, but a much larger percentage actually remain enrolled (or reenroll after dropping out temporarily) and continue working toward a diploma in their fifth or sixth year of high school. The Research Alliance recently undertook a study of these “persisting students” to determine who they are, why they fall behind and what strategies and interventions might make a difference in their success at school.
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