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.