More Grad Rates

Important NYT story on grad rates today. Surprise, people cook the books! But, does NYT NCLB reporter Sam Dillon realize that any honest graduation rate fix in federal policy (and one seems likely to be coming) will cause even more, not fewer, schools to be identified as needing improvement? Probably! He knows that’ll be good copy!

By the way, next time someone gives you the standard cheap bromide about how research doesn’t impact policy, ask them about the graduation rate issue. Jay Greene, Chris Swanson, and a few others changed the trajectory of this issue.

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