Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Florida Pads Graduation Rate

Florida has been padding their high school graduation rate by including GEDs.


Florida is among the states that inflate their graduation rates by including students who pass the General Educational Development certificate. Why shouldn't the GED count as equivalent to a high school diploma? Because, according to state and federal standards as well as academic research, the GED isn't equivalent to a diploma.


Education Commissioner John Winn said the state's graduation rate is an unimpressive 71 percent. Take away the GEDs, it's 57.5 percent. Jeb Bush has had eight years to prove that vouchers and the FCAT were going to lead Florida out of the education wasteland. His education policies have been an undebatable failure.

2 Comments:

At December 26, 2006 6:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, republican governors do the same thing everywhere, don't they?

Here we had the governor touting better numbers for state purchasing money going to Indiana businesses... which he promised to do on the campaign trail. How was the rise accomplished?

Change the criteria to be called an "Indiana Business"... like say Wal-Mart is now an Indiana company! Bet you didn't know that!

Seems the only real change is in defining the numbers...

 
At December 26, 2006 7:36 PM , Blogger Sine.Qua.Non said...

Could it possibly be worse than Texas? I had no idea. Must be getting his policies from his bro - oh, that really worked well. NOT!

 

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