The U.S. Department of Education has issued the following Press Release
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that this summer states will begin reporting high school graduation rates for the 2010-2011 school year using a more rigorous, uniform four-year adjusted cohort, first developed by the nation’s Governors in 2005. Transition to the common rate reflects states’ efforts to generate greater uniformity and transparency in calculating high school graduation data, and meets requirements of a federal regulation established in October 2008.
Since data reporting requirements were implemented under No Child Left Behind, states have calculated graduation rates using varying methods, creating inconsistent data from one state to the next. The transition to a uniform high school graduation rate requires all states to report the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma, divided by the number of students who entered high school four years earlier, and accounting for student transfers in and out of school. States may also opt to use an extended-year adjusted cohort, allowing states, districts and schools to account for students who completehigh school in more than four years.
“A common rate will help target support so more students graduate on-time by using more accurate data,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “It will also encourage states to account for students who need more than four years to earn a diploma.”
In addition, schools must maintain documentation for students who have transferred. States will continue to report graduation rates at the high school, district and state levels including rates for subgroups of students. The new measurement holds schools accountable for students who drop out and others who don’t earn a regular high school diploma.
The Department anticipates that the more rigorous method will result in lower reported graduation rates, yet it will reflect a more accurate calculation of how many U.S. students complete high school. “Through this uniform method, states are raising the bar on data standards, and simply being more honest,” added Duncan.
Graduation rates for the 2010-2011 school year will be reported throughout the summer and fall on a state-by-state basis. States are publicly reporting graduation rates using the new four-year adjusted cohort rate now, however rates resulting from this new method will not be used for accountability purposes until the 2011-2012 school year. (Emphasis Added)
Communities in Schools has information about Washington high school completion.
According to Communities in Schools’ Washington’s 30% Dropout Rate
Our high dropout rate is not a student problem or a school problem, it’s a community problem. When so many young people enter adulthood, enter the job market without the skills, attitudes and ethics necessary to succeed, we all lose.
Gone is our manufacturing-based economy that accommodated those without skills. The economy of today requires an educated workforce, and across all sectors values analytical and strong interpersonal skills.
For our communities to be healthy, we must attract and retain the well paying, in-demand jobs that drive the new economy. We can only do this with a capable, competitive workforce.
Our baseline for education has shifted upward; our graduation rate needs to catch up.
In Washington State only 70% of students graduate.
Washington State is ranked 37th in the nation for graduation rates.
Nationally a student drops out of high school every 26 seconds. That’s 1.2 million per year – or 6,000 a day.
29,800 students did not graduate from Washington’s high schools in 2007; the loss of lifetime earnings for that group of dropouts alone are more then $7.7 billion.
Washington would save more than $436.1 million in health care costs over the lifetimes of each class of dropouts had they earned their diplomas.
If the students who dropped out of the Class of 2008 had graduated, the nation’s economy would have benefited from an additional $319 billion in income over their lifetimes.
Nearly half of all dropouts ages 16-24 are unemployed.
The average annual income for a high school dropout in 2005 was $17,299, compared to $26,933 for a high school graduate, a difference of $9,634.
High school students living in low-income families drop out of school at six times the rate of their peers from high-income families.
Impacts on Crime
Washington’s economy would see a combination of crime-related savings and additional revenue of about $111 million each year if the male high school graduation rate increased by just 5%.
Research indicates that 75% of America’s state prison inmates, almost 59% of federal inmates, and 69% of jail inmates did not complete high school.
High school dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be arrested in their lifetimes.
America’s high school graduation rate ranks 21st in the world. Forty years ago, we were first.
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Laura Pappano is reporting in the New York Times article, The Master’s As the New Bachelor’s
Call it credential inflation. Once derided as the consolation prize for failing to finish a Ph.D. or just a way to kill time waiting out economic downturns, the master’s is now the fastest-growing degree. The number awarded, about 657,000 in 2009, has more than doubled since the 1980s, and the rate of increase has quickened substantially in the last couple of years, says Debra W. Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools. Nearly 2 in 25 people age 25 and over have a master’s, about the same proportion that had a bachelor’s or higher in 1960.
“Several years ago it became very clear to us that master’s education was moving very rapidly to become the entry degree in many professions,” Dr. Stewart says. The sheen has come, in part, because the degrees are newly specific and utilitarian. These are not your general master’s in policy or administration. Even the M.B.A., observed one business school dean, “is kind of too broad in the current environment.” Now, you have the M.S. in supply chain management, and in managing mission-driven organizations. There’s an M.S. in skeletal and dental bioarchaeology, and an M.A. in learning and thinking.
The degree of the moment is the professional science master’s, or P.S.M., combining job-specific training with business skills. Where only a handful of programs existed a few years ago, there are now 239, with scores in development. Florida’s university system, for example, plans 28 by 2013, clustered in areas integral to the state’s economy, including simulation (yes, like Disney, but applied to fields like medicine and defense). And there could be many more, says Patricia J. Bishop, vice provost and dean of graduate studies at the University of Central Florida. “Who knows when we’ll be done?”
While many new master’s are in so-called STEM areas — science, technology, engineering and math — humanities departments, once allergic to applied degrees, are recognizing that not everyone is ivory tower-bound and are drafting credentials for résumé boosting.
“There is a trend toward thinking about professionalizing degrees,” acknowledges Carol B. Lynch, director of professional master’s programs at the Council of Graduate Schools. “At some point you need to get out of the library and out into the real world. If you are not giving people the skills to do that, we are not doing our job…”
The Washington Roundtable a business advocacy group has issued Benchmarks for the State of Washington
Washington state will rank among the top 10 states in high school graduation rates.
Washington’s graduation rate in 2008 was 65.6 percent – ranking the state 42nd in the nation. For Washington to rank among the top 10 states in the nation, at least 80 percent of all students must graduate from high school.
30,592 students fail to graduate every year in Washington; this equates to 170 students dropping out every school day, according to Education Week. Raising high school graduation rates for all students in Washington state will also combat and address the growing achievement gaps between white students and their peers.
Statistics about Washington graduation rates are collected by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Washington Report Card which reports not only on the state, but school districts, and individual schools. The new reporting method may affect these stats in the future.
Brace yourself. This could be the beginning of a bumpy ride.
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