Florida may revise the way it calculates graduation rates

09/1/2008 | Palm Beach Post (Fla.), The

Florida may soon end its controversial method of calculating graduation rates to include students who earn their GED and pass the state's standardized test over the summer before the next full school year begins. Supporters of the method say it gives struggling students a second chance, but critics say it allows some districts to allegedly push students with low grades out of regular schools and into GED programs. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is pushing for a nationwide, uniform approach to counting graduates.

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