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Improvements for Graduation-Rate Calculations Suggested

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States should calculate comparable, accurate, disaggregated high school graduation rates to be used for reporting and accountability purposes under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, a report suggests.

The report from the Washington-based advocacy group Alliance for Excellent Education says the U.S. Department of Education should require schools to report the number of diploma recipients; the num-ber of 9th grade repeaters; and the number of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade transfers. This would ensure a more accurate estimate of graduation rates.

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