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ERIC Number: ED510985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 57
Who's Counted? Who's Counting? Understanding High School Graduation Rates
Pinkus, Lyndsay
Alliance for Excellent Education
Graduation rates are a fundamental indicator of whether or not the nation's public school system is doing what it is intended and funded to do: enroll, engage, and educate youth to be productive members of society. Graduation rates are not just a "bottom line" for schools--they are critical predictors of individual achievement and have undeniable consequences for communities and American society at large. The nation needs an educated workforce if it is to maintain productivity, technological innovation, and a strong economy. Communities need educated citizens to participate in civic life and add social and cultural value. And for individuals, graduation from high school is a critical gateway to successful participation in the workforce, economy, and society. This report discusses the importance of accurate graduate rates, the role of data in calculating accurate graduation rates, and the role of graduation rates in accountability systems. This report offers policy recommendations which are designed to leverage, incentivize, support, and accelerate action at the local state, and federal levels. Appended are: (1) Defining Graduation Rate Calculations; and (2) A Comparison of State-Level Graduation Rate Statistics. (Contains 32 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Daniels Fund
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education