Make note, the dropout rate is based on the number of high school students who dropped out in a given year. The graduation rate is based on the number of students who completed high school in 4 years.
The United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan comes to Delaware and says this, “Delaware loses about 3,500 students each year who leave school without a high school diploma”. Last year 1142 Delaware high school students dropped-out. So who is lying? Delaware DOE or Arne Duncan? No one from DE DOE or the governor’s office took the time to correct Duncan’s statement.
Folks, the high school dropout data appears to be skewed as the method of tracking dropouts has changed year to year. 3.7% is a 30 year low and was reported before Race to The Top was really implemented. Think about it , though we all would like to see a 0% dropout rate but where’s the fire?
I guess the real concern is the big picture in the quality of education students receive. Also, we still have social promotion that is nothing but lying to children. Maybe Arne Duncan somehow factored in those students who were pushed through via social promotion as dropouts.
Delaware has had the tell-tail data for 30 years and has done nothing to address social promotion. Its really sad that there are parents cheering for their children on high school graduation day that have no clue their child’s high school diploma is equivalent to a sixth-grade education. For many who go onto college find out the falsehood of their high school diploma that didn’t prepare them for college.