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Document Number: 6138

High School Graduation Rates: Alternative Methods and Implications - This study reviews literature on and practices in reporting high school graduation rates, compares graduation rate estimates yielded from alternative methods and estimates discrepancies between alternative results at national, state and state ethnic group levels. Despite the graduation rate method used, results indicate that high school graduation rates in the United States have been declining in recent years and graduation rates for black and Hispanic students lag substantially behind those of white students. As to graduation rate method preferred, this study found no evidence that the conceptually more complex methods yield more accurate or valid graduation rate estimates than the simpler methods. (Jing Miao and Walt Haney, Education Policy Analysis Archives, October 2004)...

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