September 26, 2008

Revised Graduation, Dropout Rates Released

By Linh Tat

The revised graduation and dropout rates released Thursday by the state Department of Education largely resemble preliminary figures the state reported over the summer, with some minor adjustments.

According to calculations using a state formula, 67.7 percent of seniors graduated during the 2006-07 school year, up 0.1 percent from the July report.

The state also reported a second graduation rate of 80.2 percent, based on a formula the state is required to use when making reports to the federal government. Critics say the federal formula inflates graduation rates.

Though considered less accurate, the federal formula also is used to calculate graduation rates for individual schools and districts.

For the 2006-07 academic year, the graduation rate was 94.2 percent in the Fremont school district, 84.5 percent in New Haven and 85.3 percent in Newark.

On the flip side, the state estimates that 21.5 percent of students drop out of high school during a four-year period, compared with 6.4 percent in Fremont, 11.2 percent in New Haven and 16.6 percent in Newark.

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Originally published by Linh Tat, The Argus.

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