Tag Archives: graduation rates

How cheating can raise high school graduation rates

Want a quick and easy way to raise graduation rates?  Credit recovery courses are the method of choice for many school districts.  Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews writes, High school science teacher Jeremy Noonan will never forget his training as an online credit recovery teacher in Douglas County, Ga. He was told to always giveContinue Reading

Graduation rates on the rise in most states

North Carolina’s four-year (cohort) graduation rate has increased over the last few years.  According to statistics published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), all but a handful of states have raised their graduation rates between 2010 and 2013. Iowa has the highest graduation rate in the nation (90 percent), while D.C. has theContinue Reading

Graduation rates: Charters beat state average

Last year, charter schools posted a graduation rate of 86.1 percent, compared to the statewide average of 82.5 percent. Here are some interesting facts about charter school graduation rates: The state reported graduation rates for 29  of the state’s 107 charter schools 15 of 29 charters graduated over 90 percent of their students on timeContinue Reading

Education Week: NC graduation rate 38th in nation

Today, Education Week officially released their newest edition of “Diplomas Count.”  The report includes state-by-state graduation rates, which are calculated by Education Week (using the Cumulative Promotion Index method) and reflect those of the class of 2010. North Carolina’s 71.7 percent rate was lower than the national average of 74.7 percent and ranked 38th out of theContinue Reading

Graduation rates: The big picture

Charlotte Observer columnist Fannie Flono offers an overview of graduation rate differences among racial and ethnic subgroups, and based on this data, she concludes that “We – as a community and a state – must do a lot more to make sure all students get that diploma.” According to Flono, In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the challengeContinue Reading

High school graduation awards

This afternoon, the NC Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education will honor schools and school districts that graduated a high percentage of its students. I think my invitation got lost in the mail. According to the press release, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton, State Superintendent June Atkinson and State Board of Education ChairmanContinue Reading

Graduation rates: Charters vs. traditional public schools

Last year, charter schools had a graduation rate of 78.8 percent, which was slightly lower than the 80.9 percent rate posted by regular/traditional public schools. Keep in mind that over 104,000 traditional public school students were eligible for graduation, compared to around 1,400 charter school students.  Because of this difference, I am not a hugeContinue Reading