Will federal reporting change lead to lower graduation rates?

12/14/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

High-school graduation rates are expected to decline by between 5% and 10% next year after a federal mandate goes into effect. Under the new rules, state graduation rates no longer will include students who graduate from special-education programs, virtual schools or other alternative programs. Officials say the anticipated drop follows record graduation numbers from states such as Florida, where officials recently reported that 80.1% of high-school students graduated.

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