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Students who attended City Connects schools in elementary school are significantly less likely to drop out of school after they reach the age of 16. We have previously documented a beneficial impact on rates of retention in grade, a strong predictor of dropping out. The direct analysis of student dropout is consistent with the retention-in-grade findings.
As shows in the figure above, the adjusted dropout rate for students who attended comparison schools was 4.7%, compared with 2.6% for students who attended a City Connects elementary school.
This difference translates to 46% lower odds of dropping out between grades 8 and 12 for students who attended City Connects schools in elementary school than for comparison students. (This difference is statistically significant at the .05 level).
Had the remainder of the district experienced dropout at a rate similar to City Connects students, there would have been approximately 314 fewer students dropping out between 2004 and 2009 in Boston Public Schools.
Citation: The Impact of City Connects: Progress Report 2012, p. 22-24.