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The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationships between the dropout pattern and student characteristics such as gender, ethnicity and grade level among exited students from grade 7 to grade 12. The study included 57,709 students from grades 7-12 in the 2006-2007 school year in Connecticut. A logistic regression analysis was conducted to examine demographic factors related to student dropout pattern. This study provides empirical evidence of identifying secondary school students in Connecticut who were more likely to drop out. Identifying the groups of high risk students would help practitioners and policy makers to develop prevention programs or make interventions to reduce student attrition at the early stage, and thus, to close the achievement gap among these groups.

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