The 90 percent lie

Indiana claims 90 percent of students graduate; so does the state’s largest district, Indianapolis. Not true, concludes a weeklong series by the Indianapolis Star, Missing in action, which starts today. The statewide drop-out rate is about 30 percent. In Indianapolis, the graduation rate for the class of 2004 was only 35 percent.

It’s hard to solve a problem if nobody admits it exists.

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  1. A couple of years ago a local reporter fell off his bar stool and it became news that the Detroit Public school system had a 35% graduation rate.

    With the grace and fluidity of an experienced magician – and isn’t that an apt metaphor – the school district raised it’s graduation percentage to 70% in just one year. Harry Houdini would have been proud.