ERIC Number: ED481603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-1
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NCLB Implementation Report: State Approaches for Calculating High School Graduation Rates.
Swanson, Christopher B.
This review investigated the state accountability Workbooks provisionally approved and publicly reported by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) as of June 2003. These documents were obtained from the DOE Web site. This report examines state definitions of high school graduation rates and strategies for constructing graduation rate indicators. A review of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) accountability plans approved for the 50 states and District of Columbia suggests that states are planning to take advantage of the substantial regulatory flexibility afforded by DOE in this area of NCLB implementation. States have proposed a wide variety of methods for measuring graduation rates. The most common approach, pursued by 30 states (including the District), adopts a methods developed by the National Center for Education Statistics, the DOE's statistical agency. In the initial stages of implementing their NCLB accountability systems, only 10 states intend to use a true longitudinal graduation rate calculated using data from individual students tracked over time. The accountability Workbooks for the remaining 11 states include a diverse array of strategies for meeting compliance with the law, ranging from using a dropout rate rather than graduation rate per se (2 states), to calculating completion rates (4 states), to employing other methods including grade-to-grade promotion ratios (5 states). (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Attainment, Educational Quality, Federal Legislation, Graduation, High Schools, Measurement Techniques, State Government, Statistical Analysis
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001