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Research Synopsis: Keeping Students on Track to Graduation

This research synopsis provides an overview of one of the most frequently cited studies on intervention is entitled: “Preventing Student Disengagement and Keeping Students on the Graduation Path in Urban Middle-Grades Schools: Early Identification and Effective Interventions” by Robert Balfanz, Lisa Herzog, and Douglas J. MacIver.


In this study, the authors investigate how early in the middle grades teachers can identify students at risk of falling off the graduation track, the thinking being that by identifying risk factors as early as possible — before they become a serious problem — educators, administrators, and parents can intervene sooner to help students reach their graduation goals. Read the synopsis to get a better understanding of their findings.

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