Staying on course to graduate isn’t an easy task for many students, report Indianapolis teenagers who have struggled.
The district’s graduation rate is improving, but leaders say it is still far too low. They know that the traditional way of calculating the rate—which has produced a figure of 88 percent— doesn’t capture the true dropout picture. A 2005 analysis, performed for the Indianapolis Star by a Johns Hopkins University researcher, concluded that only 39 percent of the freshmen who enter Indianapolis high schools leave four years later with a diploma—one of the nation’s worst graduation rates for an urban district.
Vol. 25, Issue 41S, Pages 6, 10, 13-14, 19, 21, 24Published in Print: June 22, 2006, as Student Profiles