- 6,176 retained ninth-graders in 2000 were followed by 1,071 late graduates in 2004
- 5,697 retained ninth-graders in 2001 were followed by 952 late graduates in 2005.
- 5,540 retained ninth-graders in 2002 were followed by 1,026 late graduates in 2006.
- 5,106 retained ninth-graders in 2003 were followed by 864 late graduates in 2007.
In round numbers, that's seventeen diplomas for each one hundred repeat ninth-graders, and a pretty grim indicator of how poorly we currently serve students who lose their footing early in their high school careers.
(Source note: retention numbers are in the Briefing Packet here, with graduates in more than four years in the Profiles here, using the sum of "Grads IEP" and "Grads PLUS)