by Becky Vevea
The NPR Ed Team’s investigation into high school graduation rates found that many states and school districts are using questionable, quick fixes to improve their grad rates.
At the top of that list was Chicago.
Over the last four years, thousands of dropouts across at least two dozen Chicago high schools never counted against the city’s graduation rate: Because the schools mislabeled them as having left the public system.
In response to the story, the city now says it’s going to crack down.
Officials don’t dispute the fact that the database is riddled with errors. Still, they say, they will not go back and revise the graduation rates.
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