Students' Eighth Grade Proficiency in Subject Matter as an Indicator of Their Likelihood of Graduating on Time in Washoe County School District

Primary Researchers: Andrea Lash, Min Huang

Nationwide, 75 percent of high school students graduate in four years; but for Nevada high school students, the chance of graduating in four years is only about 50 percent, the lowest of all states (Stillwell 2010). Washoe County School District (WCSD), serving 63,000 students in Reno, is the second-largest district in Nevada. Dr. Heath Morrison, WCSD Superintendent, wants to develop a system for monitoring student progress toward graduation beginning in elementary school. If valid indicators of progress can be developed, educators can identify students who are at risk of not graduating and intervene to improve their likelihood of graduating. As a first step, the District asked REL West for assistance in using its longitudinal data on student achievement to examine how students’ performance on eighth-grade proficiency exams administered by the state relates to students’ likelihood of graduating high school on time.

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    Andrea Lash (415) 615-3103

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