As in Indiana, the official figures are out of step with reality: The state of Colorado says the 2003 graduation rate was 70.6 percent; the Colorado Children’s Campaign estimates 37 percent. Looking at Denver, the News reports:
• One in three — 1,884 of the 5,633 eighth-graders — received a diploma from a DPS high school. Among the students in the class who advanced to ninth grade, 43 percent graduated from DPS . . .
• . . . About 27 percent of Hispanic eighth-graders in the class graduated from DPS, compared with 34 percent of black students and 45 percent of whites.
Some 37 percent dropped out; another 21 percent transferred to other schools.