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Students Left Behind: Measuring 10th to 12th Grade Student Persistence Rates in Texas High Schools

Author(s): Domina, Thurston; Ghosh-Dastidar, Bonnie; Tienda, Marta

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Abstract: The No Child Left Behind Act requires states to publish high school graduation rates for public schools and the U.S. Department of Education is currently considering a mandate to standardize high school graduation rate reporting. However, no consensus exists among researchers or policymakers about how to measure high school graduation rates. In this paper, we use longitudinal data tracking a cohort of students at 82 Texas public high schools to assess the accuracy and precision of three widely-used high school graduation rate measures: Texas’s official graduation rates, and two competing estimates based on publicly available enrollment data from the Common Core of Data. Our analyses show that these widely-used approaches yield inaccurate and highly imprecise estimates of high school graduation and persistence rates. We propose several guidelines for using existing graduation and persistence rate data and argue that a national effort to track students as they progress through high school is essential to reconcile conflicting estimates.
Publication Date: Jun-2010
Electronic Publication Date: Jun-2010
Citation: Domina, Thurston, Ghosh-Dastidar, Bonnie, Tienda, Marta. (2010). Students Left Behind: Measuring 10th to 12th Grade Student Persistence Rates in Texas High Schools. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 32 (2), 324 - 346. doi:10.3102/0162373710367515
DOI: doi:10.3102/0162373710367515
ISSN: 0162-3737
EISSN: 1935-1062
Pages: 324 - 346
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Version: Author's manuscript

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