Factors Affecting Graduation Rates of High School Continuers

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Administration

Date of Award

Fall 2012


The purpose of this study was to determine factors that affect high school graduation rates of high school continuers across the state of Texas by gathering and reporting description statistics of high school continuers concerning demographics, attainment of high school credits, and performance on standardized assessments. Investigation into the fate of high school students who are coded as continuers was a worthy endeavor. By calling attention to the plight of high school continuers, a better understanding of the dynamics of this student population may be achieved. Additionally, by exploring what factors contribute to successful completion of high school graduation within this student population, interventions and hanges in perceptions of school counselors, administrators, teachers, and continuers may be influenced to promote a positive outcome for this sub-group of American high school students. The findings of the study indicate that demographic factors, performance on standardized assessments, and the accrual of high school credits impact the graduation rates of high school continuers.


James Vornberg

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision