Information Brief 2012-37

ENGAGE High School Graduation Index, Race/Ethnicity, and High School Persistence

What is the relationship between the ENGAGE High School Graduation Index, high school persistence, and race/ethnicity?

ENGAGE™ measures three broad academic behaviors—motivation, social engagement, and self-regulation—that have been linked to academic success. One feature of ENGAGE Grades 6–9 is the Graduation Index which predicts on-time high school graduation. The chart below shows the relationship between the ENGAGE Graduation Index and high school persistence for three racial/ethnic student groups. For all racial/ethnic groups, students with higher scores on the Graduation Index were more likely to persist in high school.

ENGAGE Graduation Index and High School Persistence

Chart showing ENGAGE graduation index and high school persistence
Low Graduation Index Score
Race/EthnicityPersistance Rate
Black44.55%
Hispanic64.87%
White61.35%
Moderate Graduation Index Score
Race/EthnicityPersistance Rate
Black75.74%
Hispanic89.27%
White89.33%
High Graduation Index Score
Race/EthnicityPersistance Rate
Black100.00%
Hispanic95.08%
White97.26%

Note: The data are from 3,077 students who participated in an ENGAGE Grades 6–9 pilot study. The sample is comprised of 11% black, 16% Hispanic, and 73% white students and may not be representative of the population.

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