In combination with the release of the America’s Promise Alliance Dropout report, which was released yesterday, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that the federal government will require a uniform way of counting dropouts. Currently, every state can count dropouts in their own way. This is supposed to occur as part of a dropout summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
Some of the ways states currently count dropouts (from NCSET):
- Measures the proportion of students who drop out in a single year without completing high school.
- Measures the proportion of students who have not completed high school and are not enrolled at one point in time, regardless of when they dropped out.
- Measures what happens to a single group (or cohort) of students over a period of time.
This decision is long overdue in this country! And, now we can get to work in figuring out how to make sure every student in the United States earns a high school diploma!