ERIC Number: ED496329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Implementing Graduation Counts: State Progress to Date
National Governors Association
This report provides information on states' progress in implementing the graduation rate all 50 governors agreed by signing the Graduation Counts Compact in 2005 to adopt. The governors undertook this commitment because they understand the imperative to gather more accurate, comparable data on how many of their students graduate from high school on time. The NGA Center for Best Practices gathered information from governors' offices and state education agencies about their actions in implementing the Compact graduation rate. This report presents information on the state of state longitudinal data systems as well as guidelines that states can follow to help ensure greater uniformity and comparability in graduation rates. It shows what states are ready to report, other states' progress, what states are reporting in the interim, and short-term actions states could take to improve their graduation data more immediately if the student-unit-record data would not be available for more than a year. An appendix shows the state policies to measure high school graduation by asking for state deadlines in reporting the Compact rate, how the state uses the Compact rate, what graduation rate formula or other measure is the state using if not for the Compact rate, for what does the state use the non-Compact rate, and whether the numerator count standard diplomas only. The Compact Formula is given as: Graduation Rate equals [students graduating within four years with a regular or advanced diploma] divided by [(first-time entering ninth graders four years earlier) plus (transfers in) minus (transfers out)].
Descriptors: Grade 9, State Departments of Education, Graduation Rate, High School Students, Graduation, Educational Attainment, Government School Relationship, Database Design
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Best Practices.