Students Who Leave High School without Graduating in Washoe County (Nevada) School District: A Cohort Study of the Class of 2008 from 2004/05 to 2007/08

Primary Researchers: Andrea Lash, Min Huang


Administrators in the Washoe County School District (WCSD) are seeking to better understand how they can support students who are at risk of leaving school before graduation. The Superintendent and Chief Accountability Officer have requested assistance in analyzing administrative databases (e.g., student enrollment information, test scores, and school calendars) to know more about the students who do not graduate from high school in four years. In particular, they are interested in knowing about students who drop out by completing a withdrawal form and students who simply stop attending school without officially dropping out. In WCSD, this latter group is referred to as students who “vanish.” The district administrators plan to use information about who these different students are and when they are likely to leave school to help the district design and schedule supports for students who are at risk of leaving school without graduating.

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  • Methodologies: Descriptive
  • Contact info:
    Andrea Lash (415) 615-3103


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