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ERIC Number: ED503862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Calculating High School Graduation Rates. Education Policy Brief. Volume 6, Number 5, Spring 2008
Stanley, Kylie R.; Spradlin, Terry E.; Plucker, Jonathan A.
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University
Reports consistently demonstrate that the attainment of a high school diploma is not simply of value to the individual student, but that the benefit of a high school diploma is reaped by the graduate's community as well. Most educators readily acknowledge the importance of dropout prevention and the significance of a high school diploma. A corresponding issue is the accuracy with which dropout and graduation rates are calculated. This policy brief examines various calculation methods, the history behind the use of particular methodologies, and the strong nationwide trend toward a cohort rate. The report also examines Indiana legislation that has shaped the Indiana graduation rate methodology. Advocacy for a uniform national methodology is also discussed. Five web resources are included. (Contains 37 endnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana University, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001