Keeping Count of Students Who Drop Out

Eddy Ramirez, Keeping Count of Student Who Drop Out: The New Push for Graduation Rate Standards Might Help More Kids Finish High School, U.S. News and World Report, May 26/June 2nd, 2008.
High schools are not adequately representing graduation rates. They sometimes only count seniors who drop out in the last year, and not students who drop out before their senior year. Or some schools count students who got a GED but did not actually complete high school. The national average for high school graduation is probably somewhere around 60 percent. The American Civil Liberties Union in has filed a lawsuit in Florida against the School District in Palm Beach County, stating that the district has failed to provide “uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality education.” This is the first suit of its kind. There are currently not heavy federal funding sanctions for schools with low graduation rates. Before the school-year 2012-2013 Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling would like states to be calculating graduation rates using the same standard.

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