State Education Department

Accuracy of Graduation and Dropout Data in Annual Report Cards for Selected High Schools (Follow-Up)

The State Education Department (Department) is responsible for reporting high school graduation and dropout rates to the public. To do this, the Department publishes an annual report card for each public high school in the State. In report 2008-S-45, we reviewed data for 12 schools and found that the graduation rates reported by two schools and dropout rates reported by four schools were inaccurate by more than 5 percentage points. We also determined that, while the Department had some controls in place to ensure the accuracy of the information in the report cards, these controls were not sufficient. When we followed up on these matters, we found that Department officials made significant progress in correcting the problems we identified.

For a complete copy of Report 2010-F-34 click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.