Less than 3 percent of students who started 9th grade in 2009 had dropped out by 2012,, but more than 11 percent had switched schools.
Personal or family issues were the most common reason students changed schools, but there were also differences by income level. More than 40 percent of the highest-income students changed schools to find different programs or courses, while only 32 percent of the poorest students did the same.
Thirty-nine percent of the poorest students and only 14 percent of the wealthiest students switched schools because they fell behind in credits.
A version of this article appeared in the November 28, 2018 edition of Education Week as Physical Education