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Inflatable Graduation Rates

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National Public Radio correspondent Claudio Sanchez reports on recent data from Education Week that says states are reporting figures for graduating students that do not match up with the actual number of students receiving diplomas. The EdWeek report, Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates, is the first in a series of annual reports providing graduation data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and in the nation's 50 largest school districts. (NPR report requires audio player.)

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Thanks for shining on a light on the outcomes for special education students. This is a serious issue. Although we want to help students, staff and parents need to think carefully and have necessary data-driven evidence before qualifiying students for special education. If research is showing a lower likelihood of positive outcomes for those students, then perhaps special education is NOT the best service to meet the needs of struggling students.

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