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Study says graduation rates overestimated

January 6, 2004


According to the Education Trust, an education advocacy group, many states overestimate the number of students who graduate from high school.

For example, North Carolina told the federal government that more than 92 percent of its public school students graduated in 2002. The Education Trust says fewer than two-thirds of the states students graduated.

All 50 states had to report graduation rates to the U.S. Department of Education this year in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act.

–Excerpted from the Associated Press
January 6, 2004


According to the Education Trust, an education advocacy group, many states overestimate the number of students who graduate from high school.

For example, North Carolina told the federal government that more than 92 percent of its public school students graduated in 2002. The Education Trust says fewer than two-thirds of the state's students graduated.

All 50 states had to report graduation rates to the U.S. Department of Education this year in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act.

—Excerpted from the Associated Press