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Document Number: 5735

National Institute of Statistical Sciences/Education Statistics Services Institute Task Force on Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Indicators: Final Report - This is the final report of a federal Task Force on Graduation, Completion and Dropout (GCD) Indicators convened by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The task force was to review: (1) What GCD statistics are used, by whom and for what purposes? (2) Is current NCES methodology for calculation of GCD indicators adequate? And (3) Are there alternative GCD indicators that can serve both school system needs and broader community-level needs? What are the associated data collection issues? The report includes general findings as well as recommendations, including the task force’s preferred graduation indicator, which the task force urges the NCES and states to use in their reports and studies. The full report includes the methods for calculating federal and other graduation, completion and dropout indicators, as well as each state’s graduation rate indicators for purposes of NCLB. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2005)...

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