This article brings up some very good points that need to be discussed. Education is by far the largest expenditure in The State of Indiana. Education is extremely important. I have two young children; Graydon is 2 years old and Kayla is four years old. When I moved back to Fort Wayne I made sure to buy a house in a school system that I thought could help my children get the education I want them to have.
Everyone has known that the graduation rates in Indiana have been over-stated in a huge way. What kind of signal does this send to our children when the schools themselves put out bad information about graduation rates because the graduation rates are embarrassing to the schools and to the State government?
The State has been claiming a graduation rate of 90 percent or HIGHER for many years. Yesterday at the "Education Roundtable" Indiana admitted that the graduation rate in the last few years is most likely between 66% and 80%.
If the government cannot do the math to figure out a simple percentage; why should we expect Indiana students to understand how to do math?
Niki Kelly wrote in her article that FWCS claimed a graduation rate of 88.2% in 2002. The Journal Gazette analysis showed the graduation rate to be 61% in 2002. That is shameful.
It is amazing how misleading statistics can be. For example, I have done extensive research on the per student cost of education in Indiana; last year it cost us $10,787 dollars per student. If you go to Indiana's website they claim a much lower figure. Maybe our government officials did poorly on the ISTEP as well?