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1 The Freshman On-Track Rate: A Leading Indicator of High School Graduation John Q. Easton Consortium on Chicago School Research July 2, 2008

2 Who is on-track? Students with five or more full-year credits No more than one semester F in a core subject (English, math, science or social science) Note that this is a very low bar given that students need 24 credits to graduate

3 How is On-Track Related to Graduation?

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5 Graduation Rates Graduation Percent of Students

6 Graduation and On-Track Rates Graduation On-track Percent of Students

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8 Even moderate amounts of absence/course cutting can have large effects on grades Freshmen who miss 10 days of class per semester flunk, on average, at least two classes—no matter whether they arrive at high school with top test scores or bottom test scores Students with high test scores who miss 2 weeks per semester are MORE LIKELY TO FAIL than students with low test scores who miss just 1 week per semester

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11 Average Freshman GPA = 1.9 Four-Year Graduation Rates for Freshman Entering High School in 2001 by Freshman GPA 1% 6% 28% 53% 72% 86% 93% 97% Freshman GPA (Rounded to the Nearest.5) Percent Graduated in Four Years

12 What School Factors are Related to Better Attendance and Lower Failures?

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15 What About Better Grades and Test Scores?

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