New dropout regs proposed

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has proposed new regulations for counting dropouts according to an article in the Los Angeles Times today.  In her remarks in Detroit, she said,

“Information is a powerful catalyst for change…the more information we have, the better able we are to demand improvement — and get it.”

The article suggested that the new regulations would only count students who complete school on time with a regular degree as “graduates.”  This will unify how graduates and drop outs will be counted.

The proposed new regulations, including the definition of a “graduate” are posted in the federal register and they will be taking comments for the next 60 days until the regulations may go into effect.

Daria Hall from the Education Trust commented,

For far, far too long, states have used graduation-rate definitions that are inaccurate, inconsistent and did not provide communities, parents, educators or policymakers with the information they need.

In previous posts, I have shared statistics about the dropout crisis that exists across the nation and this is a step forward to start dealing with this crisis — because one high school drop out in America is one too many!


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