Student Mobility in Georgia: Establishing Patterns and Predictors (June 2014)
Each school year, thousands of Georgia students transfer schools for reasons other than grade promotion. Using data from 2012-13 for all Georgia K-12 public school students, this report assesses mobility patterns in Georgia. To assess mobility at the school and district level, GOSA calculated a churn rate for each school and district, which represents the number of student entries and exits during the school year divided by the number of students in the school on the Georgia Department of Education’s fall count date of October 2. The report also uses regression analysis to explore the relationships between a school's churn rate and demographic characteristics. At the student level, the report analyzes the relationship between the likelihood a student will move during the school year and demographic characteristics.