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ERIC Number: ED510794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 52
ISBN: ISBN-0-8821-0361-X
What Counts: Defining and Improving High School Graduation Rates
Mero, Dianne
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Over the past several years, high school graduation rates in the United States have come under intense public scrutiny fueled by a renewed interest in high school reform as well as higher public school accountability requirements. At this time, two issues dominate the debate over high school graduation rates: First, there is a need for a common understanding of what "high school graduation rate" means. As this paper will show, there is no consensus on a formula that accurately reflects high school graduation rates nationwide. Second, there is a need to dramatically improve graduation rates, particularly for low-income and underrepresented minority students. What individuals do know through numerous studies is that many low-income and minority students still struggle to graduate and, when they do, disproportionately drop out during the first year of college. The purpose of this paper is to bring some clarity to the issue and to outline some key policy recommendations for improving graduation rate calculations and outcomes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals