Course Failures

Course Failures

The percentage of students failing one or more courses. Filtered by grade level, subject, ethnicity and more.

Graduating on time is closely related to passing courses and earning the required number of credits by the end of freshman year. Continuously monitoring how students are doing in their courses helps with the early identification of freshmen struggling in their learning. Administrators and their teams use the data to identify areas of need.

The benchmark provides a semester-by-semester summary of the percentage of freshmen failing one or more courses.

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Understanding the data

This benchmark is a record of the percentage of 9th graders failing only one course (blue line), failing two or more courses (yellow line), and failing one or more courses (green line) for the current semester. The data can be viewed by district, school, and race. Additionally, the data may be viewed as an annual trend.

The data may be further filtered by gender, English Language Learner status, free and reduced lunch status, special education status, and race.


  • Students must be active.
  • The course grade calculation is based on the assignment scores entered in the teacher’s online grade book.
  • Does not include Running Start courses.
  • Percentage calculations: # of students failing divided by the enrollment, based on the filters and benchmark selected.

*Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, improvements have been made in the accuracy of enrollment calculations. Prior year calculations may be off less than 0.5%.

Data retrieval schedule

Students' course grades are calculated from the secondary teachers' online grade book each weekend. This data is then loaded to the data warehouse late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Input from

Data warehouse

Legacy reports 

Our current reports show data from the 2018 school year and beyond using improved reporting tools. Legacy reports show older data using older tools.

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