A Little More Grad Rates

Harvard CRP’s Dan Losen is all hacked off about the recent EPI graduation rate report, more Losen here with some back and forth. As I said I think this whole thing is basically political. Here’s a good test, assume for a moment that the EPI estimates are correct and that grad rate researchers Greene, Swanson, and Warren are wrong. Substantively, would that really change any of the policy prescriptions for addressing the problem anyway? Would we want states to deemphasize the problem or stop focusing on data gathering, curriculum, retention, high schools, literacy, and engagement? Of course not. That’s why it’s hard not to see this as an effort to reframe the debate than really attack the problem.

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