High School Students Graduating on Time
A high school diploma is essential to achieve economic self-sufficiency. High school graduates earn more than those without diplomas, contribute more in taxes, and use public assistance less often. In turn, failure to graduate is associated with a lifetime of lower wages, poorer health, and higher rates of incarceration. Children in families that move frequently have a lower probability of graduation. Poor access to community resources, such as counseling or tutoring programs, also influences drop-out rates. Individual factors, such as academic performance, behavior, and absenteeism impact students’ decisions. Children are less likely to drop out of schools with a strong academic climate.