Spellings to propose national graduation-rate formula

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said the federal agency intends to propose rules requiring states to use a standard measure for calculating graduation rates and to make publicly available information on the graduation rates of specific demographics. Spellings made the announcement at an event sponsored by America's Promise Alliance, which Tuesday published a report on dismal urban graduation rates. Although NCLB requires states to publish graduation rates, they are left to their own discretion in deciding what formula to use -- a practice that some critics say can lead to rates being overestimated.

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