A recent report released by the Education Trust finds that states are deliberately reporting exaggerated highschool graduation rates.
The analysis, entitled "Getting Honest About Graduation Rates: How States Play the Numbers and Students Lose," examines the 2002-2003 graduation rate data submitted by states to the U.S. Department of Education in January 2005. The study revealed glaring statistical disparities.
Nationally, only 68 percent of students who enter ninth grade will graduate in four years with a high-school diploma. The problem is more severe for Black, Hispanic and American Indian high-school freshmen, of whom only 50 percent will graduate …