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Plummeting graduation rates expected as states move to new calculation



The news won't be too harsh for Florida as the nation completes adoption of a new system for calculating high school graduation rates. 

Florida has used the method -- while also reporting two other versions as well -- for a couple of years now. So we already know that our schools have some work to do to keep kids in school.

But other states that have used more imprecise formulas for determining their graduation rates are in for a rude awakening, experts say: The drops could be as much as 20 percentage points as they begin tracking individual students more closely.

"Through this uniform method, states are raising the bar on data standards, and simply being more honest," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.

Read the full AP story here for more. Then think about this: Regardless of overall averages and rates, shouldn't we already have been aware of individuals and whether they are still in school? Does a graduation rate calculation change mean changes in what schools do (or should be doing) for students? 

[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:37am]


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