Open Doors Program Outcomes

October, 2021
October, 2021

WAC 392-700-195 directed the Education Research and Data Center to examine longitudinal performance goals for the statewide K12 reengagement system, Open Doors (also referred to in this report as OD). This report follows the 2017 OD Cohort over a three-year period (2017-2019) and reports on outcomes related to high school education, postsecondary education, and workforce participation. 

Key findings from this report:

  1. Open Doors successfully enrolls students before they leave high school, as well as engaging students who already left.
  2. Open Doors successfully routed 41% of students to receive a GED or HS degree.
  3. Students were more likely to obtain their GED if they started Open Doors at a younger age.
  4. Older Open Doors participants and students concurrently enrolled in LAP, bilingual, or special education programs were more likely to graduate from high school.
  5. OD Students enrolled in other OSPI programs enroll in Basic Skills and Lifelong Learning courses at Community and Technical Colleges at a higher rate.
  6. Participation in postsecondary education, completion of certificates and associate degrees, and participation in employment increases by years in the program and age.
  7. Community disconnect rates vary by year, age, gender, and race/ethnicity. Other than the FRPL program, participation in other OSPI programs were associated with higher community disconnection rates.