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Research and Evaluation

Effective Interventions for Ninth Grade Students

 Hanover Research, Washington, DC


Ninth grade is a critical juncture in students’ academic careers. This analysis identifies and reviews interventions that have been shown to be effective in increasing ninth grade student achievement and engagement.  Extant research suggests that there is a wide range of ninth grade intervention strategies currently utilized by U.S. school districts to promote higher levels of achievement and decrease rates of retention and dropout. In general, strategies fall into four broad categories, with some overlap: at-risk student identification, summer support or remediation, academic/emotional support programs, and school restructuring. A notable theme in the literature concerns the positive impact of using multiple interventions that complement one another and the need for a comprehensive support structure to ensure the success of intervention efforts. PGCPS currently employs interventions that are aligned with these strategies. These include the district’s Early Warning System (at-risk identification), the Jumpstart to Graduation summer bridge program (summer support or remediation), and the Ninth Grade Academy (school restructuring) and Career Academy models (school restructuring). These findings suggest a need to re-orient – or in some cases, expand – PGCPS’s existing intervention programming. 

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