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MLDS Research Series: Multilevel Study of Outcomes for Students Transferring Schools

Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Research Series
Friday, October 21, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Join by Zoom: Link for Research Series Zoom Room

RSVP Jamese Dixon-Bobbitt via email: jamese.dixon-bobbitt@maryland.gov

A Multilevel Study of Student & School Characteristics Related to School Transfer, High School Graduation & College Enrollment

Students transferring between schools is a frequent occurrence in the United States and is associated with future educational outcomes. However, research linking student transfer during high school to post-secondary outcomes is scarce. This study used data from the MLDS to investigate transfer risk among a cohort of 6,810 first-time ninth-grade students in Baltimore City Public Schools from 2012-13 to 2017-18. Additionally, this study examined student and school characteristics associated with four-year high school graduation and college enrollment. The findings revealed student- and school-level characteristics associated with lower and higher risks for transferring schools in high school. In addition, critical student and school factors are related to the odds of high school graduation and college enrollment.


A discussion will focus on the research, policy, and practice implications stemming from this study. Upstream and downstream interventions will be addressed, including the Full-Service Community Schools strategy, a vital component of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future.

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