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ERIC Number: ED524873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Who's Failing What?
Washington State Board of Education
In 2007, the State Board of Education conducted a study to determine what course credits students were "required" to take in order to graduate from high school. In 2008, the Board commissioned a transcript study by the BERC Group to determine what course credits students in the graduating class of 2008 were actually "taking". The BERC Group examined course-taking patterns of 14,875 high school seniors from 100 schools in 100 districts. In this sample of Washington's 2008 graduates, 47.3% of students failed at least one credit during high school, with 21.0% failing two or more credits. Additional analyses from a stratified random sample of the 14,875 transcripts found that course failures were most likely to occur in core subject areas. Many students (40%) did not make up failed courses because the course was an elective or the student had already met minimum graduation requirements for that subject area. About one-third of the students (32.3%) re-took the class during the following term, but consequently graduated with fewer than the possible credits (e.g., 24 possible credits, but graduated with 23). (Contains 1 footnote.)
Washington State Board of Education. 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504. Tel: 360-725-6025; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board of Education
Identifiers - Location: Washington