States brace for grad rate dips as formula changes

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  • freedomforthepeople Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    It is going to be great to finally have accurate numbers - how many students that enter our high schools complete high school? We currently do not have that information and the public believe the number is much higher than it really is.

    I am not blaming the schools for this. I think it will be great when we know how many students choose a different path, and begin to recognize that this isn't necessarily a bad thing. We have several children and one did not complete high school - is now in college - and doing great. High school was something I wish we had given up on earlier. If I had been aware that there is a large percentage of students who choose other paths, I may have found more information and support in developing that path and avoided a lot of distress.

    Unfortunately the schools keep trying to present the message that they are the "fit" for all students. They beat that drum incessantly, and try to make you feel like a loser if their system doesn't work for your child.

    This new information may help change that and allow parents to "see" all the options available.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    Hmm... so kids that can't count are graduating and the schools that haven't taught them to count, can't count either.

  • Incite Full Layton, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    Ah yes, the American school system... making new strides in failure. Good thing that 83% of all statistics are all made up anyhow.