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Fact Sheet: Ninth-Grade Transition Support Programs


Ninth grade is a critical year for setting the course to high school graduation, but often students’ grades, attendance, and attitudes toward school decline during this pivotal year. Transition support programs aim to disrupt this downward trajectory or prevent it outright. This fact sheet looks at three such programs and guides state and district leaders through a series of questions they can use to identify an approach best suited to students’ needs.