The Indy Star leads its editorial page today with the misleading headline "These steps can lead to fewer dropouts."
It then proceeds to link the new graduation rate formula that schools are using to the implication that this new graduation rate also reveals the dropout rate.
Here is what I mean. Wawasee Schools is anticipating a public release showing their graduation rate under the new formula to be 70% or so.
Does that make the dropout rate 30%? No - but everyone will think so.
This 30% includes GED students, students who took longer than 4 years, students who moved without a forwarding address, special education students who completed 4 years of school but had handicapping conditions that prevented them getting a diploma, and even foreign exchange students without a proper document from their exchange service.
The true "dropout" rate is really around 7% - not 30%.
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