Tuesday, April 08, 2008

25% High School Graduation Rate in Detroit, Although State Dept of Education Says 67%

DETROIT--The Washington, D.C.-based America's Promise Alliance looked at the country's top 50 urban centers and found an average graduation rate of 51.8%. The Mesa, Ariz., school district had the best graduation rate, with 71.8%. Detroit Public Schools brought up the rear with a 24.9% graduation rate.

Detroit Public Schools spokesman Steve Wasko declined to comment on the study.

Graduation rates are controversial since they can be calculated in a variety of ways, but the study follows several others that have concluded Detroit has a serious dropout problem to address. A study released Feb. 25 by Michigan State University researchers found a 31.9% graduation rate for Detroit Public Schools students--just 25% for boys, and 39% for girls.

The Michigan Department of Education reported a 66.8% graduation rate for Detroit Public Schools for the Class of 2006.

12 Comments:

At 4/08/2008 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Washington, D.C.-based America's Promise Alliance looked at the country's top 50 urban centers and found an average graduation rate of 51.8%"

Yeah but compared to Venezuela the U.S. is doing just fine in edumacation. USA! USA! USA! LOL

 
At 4/08/2008 11:54 PM, Blogger randian said...

So much for the idea that our schools are shortchanging girls...

 
At 4/09/2008 12:46 AM, Anonymous Fred said...

The Michigan Department of Education, made up of graduates of Michigan schools, is bad at math. Go figure.

 
At 4/09/2008 10:09 AM, Anonymous Is said...

If reporting was mandated by NCLB, why not actually mandate the criteria to calculate the graduation rate?

 
At 4/09/2008 10:09 AM, Blogger Marko said...

The fewer people that have high school diplomas, the more valuable high school diplomas become.

It's not like a degree is that hard to get, I mean come on. You basically need to show up. It is not like Europe, where the equivalent of high school is difficult and really means something, but you still need to get one here. If you chose not to finish the free easy school we offer, too bad for you. Personal responsibility, anyone?

That being said, I still vote for no public education option. We could use vouchers as the gradual transition. I know this is completely unrealistic though. But if we did that, even fewer people would have high school degrees. Maybe they should be teaching something useful at school, rather than just tree hugging and obscure scientific theories. Civics, anyone? Federalist Papers? Economics?

 
At 4/09/2008 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just how do you get 67% vs. 25%?

How do you define graduation other than passing grade in the required number of courses in the final year? How is it that in an age of Sarbanes-Oxley that there is no accountability or even a minimum standard of performance required in the public school system?

 
At 4/09/2008 10:44 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

"Just how do you get 67% vs. 25%?"

They have trouble determining what happens to students who transfer--especially out of state. Students are not tracked by Social Security numbers--women get married etc. . . .

 
At 4/09/2008 11:53 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> "Just how do you get 67% vs. 25%?"

They were taught math in Detroit schools, of course.

Like DUUUUhhhh.

 
At 4/09/2008 11:55 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> the equivalent of high school is difficult and really means something

What, like it used to be here in the USA before our educational system was "modernized" in the 30s?

 
At 4/09/2008 11:58 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> How is it that in an age of Sarbanes-Oxley that there is no accountability or even a minimum standard of performance required in the public school system?

Public education, public toilet.


Getting the picture?

 
At 4/09/2008 4:40 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Let's have another round of applause for the socialist nanny state education...

I wonder what the graduation results were like before the federal government and federal judges inserted themselves into state public schools? No, I'm not talking about Brown vs. the Board of Education either...

Here's another shocker from their study: "An analysis by the EPE Research Center also shows that high school graduation rates are 15 percentage points lower in the nation’s urban schools when compared with those located in the suburbs,"...

Is this a reflection in the difference of values of those that live in the 'burbs or is it that darned, old money theme?

 
At 4/09/2008 7:05 PM, Anonymous Roberto said...

SHOCKED! I am SHOCKED that the graduation rate is as high as 25% in the Detroit Public Schools! I would expect it to be much lower than this.

I used to live in Detroit, but I never attended any of the public schools there. They were EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and a scam back in the 70's and early 80's. I can only imagine how bad they are now.

The amount of money wasted, stolen, and misspent is truly mind boggling. Look it up, Detroit schools get lots of money.

The difference in numbers can be attributed to different ways of computing the final result. I.E only 25% of students that start in 1st grade graduate 12th grade (dropouts, killings/death, and imprisonment). Whereas 67% of students that enter 12th grade graduate. I could be wrong, but I believe this accounts for the difference.

The Detroit public schools should just be shut down and the students turned loose. It is obvious that education is not taking place and that it is dangerous to a large amount of students going there.

Roberto

 

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