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9th Grade Success

Why are we Focusing on 9th Grade Course Failure?
9th grade course failure is a primary early warning indicator for dropping out of high school. Failure is a sign that the student is facing challenges that may be related to absenteeism, transportation, health issues, mental health or drug abuse, lack of parent support or supervision as well as in school issues such as bullying, lack of perceived relevance or not feeling connected or valued.

Who does 9th Grade Course Failure Affect the Most?
9th grade course failure is particularly prevalent among students who are low income, students of color, and students who are migrant or ELL. Over time low income students are consistently failing 25% more than their non-low income peers.

How Can We Help Students at Risk of 9th Grade Course Failure?

Through a multi-tier lens, we can help in the following ways:

  • Tier 1: Help 8th grade students transition to high school by providing a supportive learning environment where students can connect to staff and support.
  • Tier 2: Offer freshmen academy to ease the transition and build tutoring into the school day.
  • Tier 3: Home visits with absent students. Providing support services (such as public social and health service agencies, homeless service providers, non-profit youth-serving organizations) and allowing for competency based credits.

multi-tier approach
Multi-tiered-system approach (PDF)

Getting Started
The following tools can help you take the first steps towards reducing 9th grade course failure:


Contact Us
Is your school or district addressing 9th grade failure? Contact us and let us know what you are doing! Kefi.Andersen@k12.wa.us

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9th Graders on Track


   Updated 11/30/2017

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