Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
Title:  The Adult Lives of At-Risk Students: The Roles of Attainment and Engagement in High School
Description: Previous analysis of NELS:88 data found that students who are at-risk of school failure, but who are engaged and participate in school, achieve educational success. The 1993 study was a cross-sectional examination of the differences among successful versus unsuccessful students at-risk of school failure, particularly with respect to participation and engagement in school. The current study is a longitudinal investigation of the power of participating in high school and later educational outcomes. High school noncompleters, with the highest level of academic risk, stood out in each case. In postsecondary education programs, noncompleters earned the fewest credits; the mean number of credits earned by noncompleters who entered a postsecondary program was 17.0, compared to 49.4 credits for marginal completers and 87.8 credits for successful completers. High school noncompleters were less likely to be employed in 2000 (77 percent) than were successful completers (88 percent) or marginal completers (86 percent).
Online Availability:
Cover Date: March 2006
Web Release: April 13, 2006
Print Release: May 5, 2006
Publication #: NCES 2006328
Order Your Free Copy Now From Ed Pubs
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Authors: Jeremy D. Finn
Type of Product: Statistical Analysis Report
Survey/Program Areas: National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)
Keywords:
Questions: For questions about the content of this Statistical Analysis Report, please contact:
NCES WebMaster.
 
 
Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey

or

No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.
National Center for Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education