What Counts: Defining and Improving High School Graduation Rates
Posted by on May 6, 2005
WHAT COUNTS: DEFINING AND IMPROVING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES
“What Counts: Defining and Improving High School Graduation Rates” takes an in-depth look at the complex issue of high school graduation rates and offers policy recommendations for improving graduation rate calculations and outcomes. As more substantial research brings attention to the lackluster data on high school graduation rates, what originally was thought to be a fairly simple concept — the percentage of the senior class who actually “walked across the stage” — has been revealed to be a far more complex issue depending on the purpose, point of view, or the method of calculation employed. The changing rules and confusing methodologies coupled with limited resources have created a climate in which principals are caught in the middle between the high-stakes world of improved academic success for all students and being responsible for results often influenced by factors beyond their control.
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