Tune in, click on, drop out
Well, not exactly. But if you want to find out how graduation rates look in any school district in the country, you can now do it at the click of a mouse, thanks to an online mapping tool unveiled today by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. "Because this information has often been unavailable or unreliable in the past, this is the first time that users nationwide can compare their local schools' success with neighboring communities and districts around the country," said Christopher Swanson, the center's direction, in a press release.
At the risk of giving Gradebook readers a headache, though, keep this in mind: The center's rates are based on a formula the center devised called the Cumulative Promotion Index. We're definitely not knocking it, but the CPI numbers are estimates, and they don't jibe with Florida Department of Education numbers, which are based on actual students (including those who earn GED diplomas - but that's a post for another day.) To see the grad rates, go to maps.edweek.org (registration required). To read more, click here.
- Ron Matus, state education writer
- Zach Boyden-Holmes, photo