- The transition to high school has become more important because of the high rate of course failures and dropout rates in the 9th grade.
- The single most predictive indicator of high school dropout is the student's academic standing during the 9th grade.
- Students that have a successful transition are more likely to achieve in the 9th grade, to attend regularly and to not drop out of school. They are more likely to develop and sustain positive social relationships with peers and with adults.
- Although 8th-grade test scores are good predictors of students' likelihood to do well in high school courses, course attendance is eight times more predictive of course failure in the freshman year.
Therefore, the transition to freshman year is also an important step in helping students enter post-secondary educations!