Districts with the highest proportions of low-income students were among those with the lowest on-time graduation rates.
Graduation from high school is a prerequisite for higher education and for most living-wage jobs. However, poverty and lack of proficiency in English can compromise students’ chances for success.
Students in families where income is up to 185% of federal poverty guidelines qualify for free or reduced-price school meals and are considered “low-income.”
8 King County districts served student populations in which more than 4 in 10 students qualified for free or reduced-price school meals. 7 of these districts were also among those with the lowest on-time graduation rates in 2012 (Highline, Tukwila, Kent, Federal Way, Auburn, Seattle, and Renton).