|Dallas ISD 5th and 9th grade student enrollment making successful transition to next grade since 1998|
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The second line above, the red line, demonstrates the continuing improvement of ever greater percentages of the 9th grade going on to the10th grade. Historically most DISD dropouts had never made it to 10th grade in the past. That is no longer true. Now the much smaller number of DISD students who continue to drop out do it after making it into the 10th grade.
From 2007 to 2011 the DISD graduation rate improved according to every graduation rate measurement. This progress happened, and is now set up to continue, due to wonderful progress made eliminating the 9th grade bulge and increasing the percentage of 9th graders who make it to the 10th grade. Below is the spreadsheet that created the above graph and demonstrates these graduation rate improvements.
|Dallas ISD Enrollment 1996-2012 demonstrating attrition and graduation rate improvements|
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While all graduation rates are calculated using students movement after middle school, the largest and most consistently growing losses within DISD are now happening before middle school.
Another chart tracking these losses between 5th, 6th, 7th ,and 8th grade can be seen at http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2012/07/middle-school-attrition-1200-students.html . It clearly shows how the 5th to 6th grade transition moved to become the transition when most students, over 1,200 each year, are now being lost in DISD.