Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DC has lowest graduation rate in the country

The Department of Education has its latest report on graduation rates (SY 2010-2011) the first that uses a common, rigorous measure across all jurisdictions.

The varying methods formerly used by states to report graduation rates made comparisons between states unreliable, while the new, common metric can be used by states, districts and schools to promote greater accountability and to develop strategies that will reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates in schools nationwide. 
The new, uniform rate calculation is not comparable in absolute terms to previously reported rates. Therefore, while 26 states reported lower graduation rates and 24 states reported unchanged or increased rates under the new metric, these changes should not be viewed as measures of progress but rather as a more accurate snapshot.
Unfortunately, DC ranked dead last when compared to 47 other state systems (there are no reported statistics for Idaho, Kentucky and Oklahoma) and the Bureau of Indian Education school system, coming in with graduation rate of 59%.  Digging into the numbers:

  • The Black/Non-Hispanic graduation rate was 58%, tied with Wyoming for 44th place beating Michigan (57%), Oregon (54%), Minnesota (49%) and Nevada (43%).
  • The Latino/Hispanic graduation rate was 55%, beating out only Nevada (53%) and Minnesota (51%)
  • The White (Non-Hispanic) rate was in the middle of the pack at 85%.
  • The Children with disabilities (IDEA) rate was tied with South Carolina at 39%, beating out Alabama & Georgia (30%), Louisiana (29%) and Mississippi & Nevada (23%)
  • The Limited English proficient (LEP) Students rate was top of the lower third of states at 53%
  • The Economically Disadvantaged Students rate was 58%, tied with Minnesota and ahead of New Mexico and Alaska at 56% and Nevada at 53%.
The original PDF can be found here.

I've created a google spreadsheet here.

1 comment:

Jesse B said...

Of course, comparing DC to other states is not always an apples to apple comparison. For one, as suburbs usually do better than urban centers, you may find a bias upwards as those numbers are aggregated into the state average.

A better comparison would be city-to-city - and I'm sure we're about average there (averagely awful, but we're talking statistics, aren't we?).