Case Studies of High Schools with Higher-Performing At-Risk Completion

Case studies are produced as part of a larger study of factors that promote higher than average high school completion among groups of students generally at risk of failing to complete high school (ethnically and linguistically diverse and special needs students). This study was conducted during the 2012-13 school year. Eight schools were identified as "higher performing" based on consistently higher than predicted graduation rates among at least two groups of at-risk students; five other schools consistently achieved average graduation rates among the same groups. Schools were selected based on the four-year graduation rates for the cohorts of 2004 (expected to graduate in 2008), 2005 (to graduate in 2009), and 2006 (to graduate in 2010). 

Research teams used site-based interviews of teachers and administrators, as well as analysis of supportive documentation, to determine differences in practices between higher- and average-performing schools in the sample.