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Students With Disabilities

By Debra Viadero — December 08, 2009 1 min read

The best predictor of whether students with disabilities will graduate from high school is how well they do in their freshman year, a study of Chicago students has found.

The report, which was scheduled for release Dec. 7 by the Consortium on Chicago School Research, at the University of Chicago, and the National High School Center, at the Washington-based American Institutes for Research, builds on a 2007 study that identified early-warning signs of dropping out for students who do not have disabilities.

Like its predecessor, the new report shows that freshman-year course failures, grades, absences, and credits earned were more reliable than students background characteristics for identifying which students were at risk of dropping out.

A version of this article appeared in the December 09, 2009 edition of Education Week as Students With Disabilities

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