Feds want to tinker with graduation rates

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Just when you thought we didn’t have enough governmental intrusion in our classrooms…now comes word that the U.S. Dept. of Education, under Secy. Margaret Spellings wants to (gasp) require states to report graduation rates in a more uniform manner.

Yeah…just like having one national standardized test, right?

The image “https://i2.wp.com/en.epochtimes.com/news_images/2007-6-17-margaretspellings.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. In an Associated Press article, via the News & Observer, Spellings says she may make the unprecedented move to use the powers of her office to require the changes, since NCLB reauthorization is stalled in Congress (thankfully).

See this excerpt from the article:

Under No Child Left Behind, states may use their own methods of calculating graduation rates and set their own goals for improving them. Critics say that’s a loophole. Some states, for example, give themselves passing grades as long as they make any progress at all on graduation rates from year to year.

North Carolina used to report the percentage of graduates who completed high school on time, completely ignoring those who dropped out early. That gave the state a 95 percent graduation rate. When the state recently switched to the tracking method backed by the governors, its rate plummeted to 68 percent.

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“Let us for once compare apples and apples,” Burr said.

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E.C. 🙂

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