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State Graduation Rate Goals for High School Accountability - Under No Child Left Behind, all high schools are required to meet state graduation rate targets to achieve adequate yearly progress (AYP). This database provides each state's graduation rate target for the 2005-06 school year, notes where states have set incremental goals toward the 2014 target and indicates the method each state is using to determine its high school graduation rate. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, March 2006)...

Target Attendance and Graduation Rates and How Rates Are Calculated MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote reports on and describes target attendance (or an alternative indicator) and graduation rates for all states and territories. The summary also provides detailed information on attendance and graduation rate calculations. (Kathy Christie, Education Commission of the States, January 2005)...

Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007-08--First Look - This report presents a summary and state-by-state data associated with public high school graduation and dropout counts for 2007-08 school year. (Robert Stillwell, National Center for Education Statistics, June 2010)...

High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2007--Compendium Report - This report presents estimates of rates in 2007, provides data about trends in dropout and completion rates over the last three decades and examines the characteristics of high school dropouts and high school completers in 2007. (National Center for Education Statistics, September 2009)...

Implementing Graduation Counts: State Progress to Date, 2009 - Report outlines state progress toward meeting the NGA goal set forth in Graduation Counts. All governors signed the compact to commit to building state data collections and reporting capacities, develop additional student outcome indicators and report annual progress about graduation and dropout rates. (Bridget Curran and Ryan Reyna, National Governors Association, July 2008)...

Implementing Graduation Counts: State Progress to Date - This report provides information on states’ progress in implementing the graduation rate all 50 governors agreed in 2005 to adopt. Intelligence on the state of state data systems is also provided, as are guidelines states can follow to help ensure greater uniformity and comparability in graduation rates. According to the report, three states – Arizona, New York and Texas – already calculate their graduation rate according to the methodology agreed to in the 2005 Graduation Counts Compact, and by 2010, 39 states expect to report a graduation rate using the compact definition. (Bridget Curran, National Governors Association, August 2006)...

Public Education and Black Male Students - According to estimates based on the most recent data from the National Center of Education Statistics, in 2003-04 55% of African American males did not receive diplomas with their cohort. Using the Schott Education Inequity Index – which highlights disparities in the quality of education provided to African-Americans by examining high school graduation rates of black and white non-Hispanic males – this report examines state and district performance in graduating African-American boys. In addition to identifying those states and cities with the largest disparities in graduating white and black male students, the report highlights "one remarkable group of districts that is successful with this most vulnerable group of America’s children." (The Schott Foundation for Public Education, 2006) ...

A Compact on State High School Graduation Data - In July 2005, 47 governors signed onto a compact on state high school graduation data, committing to four specific areas of action. These states agree to: (1) take steps to implement a standard, four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate; (2) lead efforts to improve state data collection, reporting and analysis, and link data systems across the entire education pipeline from preschool through postsecondary education; (3) take steps to implement additional indicators that provide richer information and understanding about outcomes for students and how well the system is serving them; and (4) report annual progress on the improvement of their state high school graduation, completion and dropout rate data. (National Governors Association, July 2005)...

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