Kansas Graduation Rate Drops Under New Method

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kansas education officials say a new method for calculating the high school graduation rate, mandated by the federal government, shows that nearly one in every five students doesn't receive a diploma within four years.

Statistics presented Tuesday to the State Board of Education show that 80.7 percent of all Kansas students graduated in four years in 2010. The state's graduation rate in 2009 was 89.1 percent, but includes students who took longer than four years to graduate.

The rate among black students fell from 83.2 percent in 2009 to 66.2 percent in 2010.

State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said because of the change in method Kansas expected the percentages to decline. State
officials say next year's results will be more telling, since they will be comparable.

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