According to the National Clearinghouse Research Center, 9th grade is a high predictor of a student graduating high school, going to college, and progressing past the freshman year of college.
Research has indicated that courses you take your freshman year help in the progression of courses you will take later in high school and allow you the opportunity to take AP and advanced courses.
According to the Education of the Commission of States, one way to educate families about the importance of the 9th grade transition is to make sure students and their parents are given information on colleges’ entrance expectations, such as minimum coursework requirements, GPA, etc.
Research has expressed that study skills are fundamental to academic competence. An article posted in the School Psychology Review reveals, “Effective study skills are associated with positive outcomes across multiple academic content areas and for diverse learners.”