High School Graduation Rates By State: U.S. Department Of Education Releases First-Ever National Data

The U.S. Department of Education has released a first-ever list detailing state-by-state four-year high school graduation rates.

The data reflects figures from the 2010-2011 academic year, the first year for which all states used a common, more rigorous measure. States last year dumped flawed measurement formulas that often undercounted dropouts and produced inflated results, making cross-state comparisons inaccurate and volatile.

“By using this new measure, states will be more honest in holding schools accountable and ensuring that students succeed,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement Monday. “Ultimately, these data will help states target support to ensure more students graduate on time, college and career ready.”

The new rate calculation cannot be compared to previously reported graduation rates. So while 26 states reported lower graduation rates compared to previous years and 24 states showed unchanged or increased rates, the fluctuations should not be considered progress or regression, rather a more accurate snapshot calculation.

Click here to read the full article published in the Huffington Post (November 26, 2012).

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