- One or more suspensions, both in and out of school
- Nine or more absences from school within their first-grade year
- Having a third-marking period grade point average of 1.20 or lower
- Testing below grade level in reading or mathematics
These factors can make a student anywhere from two to five times more likely to drop out of school by high school than their peers. The numbers worsen as a student advances in grade level as well. For example, frequent absences increase the dropout risk for a third grader even more than if those absences occur in first grade.
This video looks at the dropout epidemic.
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