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New Calculation for High Schools Make Graduation Rates Appear Lower

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

Hatboro-Horsham High School’s graduation rate, which is one measure used to determine whether or not a school district meets state requirements for Adequate Yearly Progress, may appear to decline based on a new formula the state is adopting to meet federal requirements.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, all states are required by 2012 to use a 4-Year Cohort Graduation rate to determine Adequate Yearly Progress status. This new graduation rate is calculated differently and is meant to be a more precise measure of the percentage of students graduating from a high school.

Previously, Pennsylvania used a 4-Year Leaver Graduation Rate that did not account for students who take more than four years to graduate or for students who transfer in or out of their high schools. Therefore, graduation rates were sometimes inaccurate. The new calculation will include these variables and be a more precise measure of the percentage of students achieving graduation.

Hatboro-Horsham’s preliminary 4-Year Cohort Graduation rate for 2010 is 90.49 percent, which is still far above the state average of 78 percent, and above the AYP target of 85 percent. However, the new calculation method makes it appear as though the district’s rate has dropped considerably from last year’s graduate rate of 96.9 percent. In reality, it has not — the number is just being calculated differently.

Pennsylvania has adopted the preliminary 4-Year Cohort Graduation rate for transitional purposes and is using data from the 2009-10 school year to calculate new graduation rates for all high schools. Information is being released publicly on the state Department of Education Web site at PDE Graduation Rate.

The new cohort rate will be used to determine AYP starting in the 2011-12 school year.

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

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