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States Gird to Report Revised Graduation Rates

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States Gird to Report Revised Graduation Rates

States are grappling with a federal requirement that is forcing them to use a new, more uniform method of calculating high school graduation rates—a method that, in some states, is yielding rates that are 20 percentage points lower than those states have reported in the past..."Under the regulations, you had to make AYP based on test scores and make AYP based on grad rates," said Ms. Tucci of the Alliance for Excellent Education. "But we're seeing in some states' [waiver applications] that graduation rates are weighted between 15 and 30 percent and test scores are the remainder.
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