Strengthening the Ninth Grade Transition

Ninth Grade Counts is a network of summer transition programs for incoming ninth graders.

Since 2009, Ninth Grade Counts has brought together non-profit organizations, schools, and other partners to connect more youth with the supports that they need to stay on track to graduate. As of 2015, Ninth Grade Counts partner programs have served more than 7,000 students in Multnomah County with the goal of increasing the number of ninth graders who are on track to graduate at the end of their freshman year.

Using a common set of data from the eighth grade year, partners identify students who show early warning signs for dropping out of high school. All Hands Raised has aligned policies across the six partner school districts to ensure that every student in a Ninth Grade Counts program has the opportunity to earn up to .5 elective credits for completing the summer program. In 2015, 96% of participating students received that credit, allowing them to start high school a step ahead on the path to graduation.

To learn more about individual programs or to enroll, view the 2016 Guides to Ninth Grade Counts Summer Transition Programs. You can also see a list of Ninth Grade Counts Partners.

To ensure we are capturing and using data to improve this area of work, Northwest Evaluation Association and the University of Portland have generously donated their resources to provide an in-depth evaluation of Ninth Grade Counts and its effectiveness in improving our community’s high school completion rates.

The latest report, published in 2015, shows that Academic Priority students who participate in Ninth Grade Counts, when compared to Academic Priority non-participants:

  • Meet the crucial “on-track to graduate” threshold of 6 credits in ninth grade at a 6.9 percentage point higher rate; and
  • Meet the threshold of attending 90% more of school days at a 4.1 percentage point higher rate; and
  • Graduate high school at a 5.4 percentage point higher rate.

Learn More:

Ninth Grade Counts Outcome Evaluation (published 2015)

Ninth Grade Counts Outcome Evaluation (published 2012)

Ninth Grade Counts Outcome Evaluation (published 2011)

Critical funding for this work is provided by: