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Ethnic and Gender Differences in California High School Graduation Rates

March 1, 2009

Presents data on the disparities in graduation rates among African-American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, and white students as well as between boys and girls within each group.

Why Students Drop Out of School: A Review of 25 Years of Research

November 7, 2008

Reviews research on the underlying causes of the high school dropout crisis -- individual and institutional characteristics that predict whether a student is likely to drop out of high school. Discusses student engagement, deviance, and other models.

What Factors Predict High School Graduation in the Los Angeles Unified School District

June 19, 2008

Analyzes longitudinal data on the educational progress of the district's 2001-02 ninth graders and compares the relative importance of factors affecting graduation rates, including failed classes, transfers, school characteristics, and demographics.

California High Schools That Beat the Odds in High School Graduation

March 28, 2008

Based on interviews with principals of schools with better graduation rates, test scores, and dropout rates compared to others of similar student composition, outlines policies and practices that contribute to high graduation rates and academic standards.

Giving a Student Voice to California's Dropout Crisis

March 1, 2008

Shares what first-year high school students find motivating or discouraging; how they view family, peer, and school factors; and how demographic characteristics, attitudes toward school, and support networks affect the odds of their dropping out.

Solving California's Dropout Crisis

February 1, 2008

Synthesizes ongoing CDRP research to outline the scope, the causes, and the costs of the state's high school dropout crisis. Proposes a policy agenda to raise the graduation rate, with separate recommendations for the state, districts, and schools.

Which California School Districts Have the Most Dropouts?

February 1, 2008

Compares high school dropout rates between districts as well as between traditional and non-traditional schools. Includes a link to data on numbers of schools, enrollment, numbers of dropouts, and dropout rates, by county, district, and type of school.

Alternative Pathways to High School Graduation: An International Comparison

January 1, 2008

Evaluates alternative pathways to high school graduation -- such as school- or employment-based technical or vocational training programs -- in different countries, in terms of content, graduation requirements, inclusiveness, and outcomes.

Student and School Predictors of High School Graduation in California

December 1, 2007

Based on surveys of tenth-grade students, teachers, principals, and parents, identifies alterable factors that predict high school graduation, including the student's ninth-grade performance, engagement in sports, and the school's academic climate.

Can Combining Academic and Career-Technical Education Improve High School Outcomes in California?

October 1, 2007

Assesses strategies for improving high school graduation rates by combining college preparatory coursework with career-technical education, and discusses results and practical challenges. Includes profiles of career academies with combined curricula.

Does State Policy Help or Hurt the Dropout Problem in California?

October 1, 2007

Examines the scope and causes of California's dropout problem, and assesses whether some state policies unintentionally drive students out of schools. Proposes a comprehensive policy framework focused on effectively serving at-risk students.

The Return on Investment for Improving California's High School Graduation Rate

August 1, 2007

Reviews a range of educational investments to improve the high school graduation rate in California, and calculates the costs to taxpayers of delivering these interventions compared with the economic benefits of each additional high school graduate.