Wednesday, January 03, 2007

High School graduation rates in Indiana and Allen County

I have posted about Indiana High School Graduation rates repeatedly on this blog. The State of Indiana has used a formula that was highly flawed and inaccurate for decades. This formula reported a graduation rate that was far too high and everyone in Education knew it...

Indiana has finally started tracking individual students and now the reported graduation rates are much more accurate.

This is progress and this should have been done long ago.

Up until the 2005 - 2006 school year Indiana had been falsely reporting its High School graduation rates at 90% - 91% statewide.

The 2005 - 2006 school year was just reported with the new formula and Statewide our graduation rate fell to 76.5%. Believe it or not, it was expected to fall even further!

In the last school year about 3 children in 4 graduated from High School in Indiana on time...

This is a frightening statistic.

Here is a list of the public schools in Allen County and their 2005 - 2006 graduation rates listed in order from highest to lowest:

Carroll 95% NACS
Homestead 93% SACS
Woodlan 88% EACS
Heritage 88% EACS
Leo 87% EACS
Snider 84% FWCS
Northrop 79% FWCS
New Haven 78% EACS
South Side 73% FWCS
Elmhurst 72% FWCS
North Side 71% FWCS
Wayne 70% FWCS
Harding 64% EACS

By School District in Allen County:
NACS 95%
SACS 93%
EACS 81%
FWCS 76%

The administration and teachers at Carroll should be proud of the work they have done. The students at Carroll and their parents should also be proud. A graduation rate of 95% is definately an accomplishment!

Mike Sylvester

6 comments:

Tim Zank said...

It really frosts me that it took Indiana so freakin' long to track actual graduation rates. Way too much "cover your arse" going on for too long. I'm glad to see my alma mater (snider) is at least towards the top half...not by much though..

LP Mike Sylvester said...

Our alma mater...

Mike Sylvester

Anonymous said...

The old way was bad, but this isn’t much better. If you consider the numbers for what they really are the new way is much better; however, too many people are using this as a "drop out rate". i.e... Since North Side’s graduation rate is 71% that means their drop out rate is 29% and that just isn’t the case. The 29% of the kids that "do not graduate" include special education (that do not get diplomas, Kids who get a GED anytime within the 4 years, and anyone who needs additional (summer) classes to qualify for graduation. Also if a student begins their freshman year at a school and transfers out of state they are not considered in the graduation rate.

This is better, but still needs some refinement.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification Jon!

Mike Sylvester

Andrew Kaduk said...

egads! 64% at harding? What are they doing to those kids?

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