Counting diplomas

Education Week’s Diplomas Count report concludes 1.2 million U.S. students — about 30 percent of the class of 2006 — failed to graduate this month. Most of those who didn’t earn a diploma with their classmates are black and Hispanic. In Detroit, the nation’s 11th largest school district, only 21.7 percent of students graduated on time.

The report includes breakdowns of graduation rates by state and by race, ethnicity and gender.

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  1. Michael E. Lopez, Esq. says:

    This wouldn’t be such a tragedy if it wasn’t for the fact that we’ve softened our school’s standards beyond recognition.

    That’s what makes such a large failure rate unacceptable. I could deal with half of all students not making it through school back in the day because by the time they dropped out they’d already learned more than what most students who make it learn today.