New 4-year formula slashes high school grad rates

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 2, 2011 - 10:44 PM

Current standard suggests a much higher rate of success.

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bkind37Sep. 2, 1110:33 PM

I think a lot of the sucess or failure of a student is from what is modeled at home. If they hear Mom and Dad stressing the importance of education and working hard, they will strive to do good in school. There is only so much a teacher can do. It has to start with the parents. It would be great if schools could base their acceptance of students based on having involved parents and certain requirements from them as well.

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fatlibSep. 2, 1110:48 PM

more evidence of the failure of our teachers and the administrators in Mn public schools

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viking53Sep. 2, 1111:01 PM

In all other aspects of our lives we have all these different "communities". Whether it's African American, Native American, Latino, or whatever. Since it is some of these minority "communities" that have their children falling behind in their education, maybe it will take MORE than just the parents, but their whole "community" to get together and help these children get an education. Maybe it's time to stop looking so much at civil rights for these minority groups, and to look at them getting their children educated. Because from where I'm standing it's just not working. Because education is more the great equalizer than any law that says everyone is equal. There is something else I want to say that is going to sound VERY racist. Hating whitey isn't going to get your children educated. Getting the children in and getting the work done will. And you can NEVER take away knowledge, or an education.

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rlwr51Sep. 2, 1111:22 PM

If everyone "goes to college", who is going to fix our cars, plow our streets, put out fires, cut our hair, fix our plumbing, guard our streets, build our houses, bake our cakes, grow our food, pour our drinks, sing to us, drive our taxis and buses, clean things up, fix things, check us out at the grocery store, work in the day cares and nursing homes, build our bridges, answer the phones....?

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superdavesSep. 2, 1111:26 PM

just a new way to fudge the numbers

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DufferHSep. 2, 1111:29 PM

Supt. Johnson says the graduate rate is low because students aren't "adequately prepared" for high school. Last I heard she and her administration were also in charge of getting those students ready for high school in the elementary and junior high schools.

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viking53Sep. 2, 1111:40 PM

fatlib. If I were you I'd be VERY embarrassed with your post. It is very obvious that you know next to nothing about teaching or teachers in general.

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hobie2Sep. 3, 1112:17 AM

17% of persons entering high school actually graduating is failure, period. A failure on all levels - parents, teachers, schools, societies, government, and student. No one skates on THAT graduation rate - nor do they get a pass when the graduation rate is 50%...

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smartmamaSep. 3, 1112:19 AM

It's the parents issue not the schools, without stability it is almost impossible to graduate. There should be three lists one for students who stay in the same school,one for the folks who move around and one for ESL students. You simply cannot lump them together and get an accurate accounting of the school system.

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hobie2Sep. 3, 1112:27 AM

So the next question is - how many of the entering students have a diploma or GED by age 21? That is a pertinent question because if it is significantly higher than the diploma rate alone, then that says the school culture has a great deal to do with the failure rate - school has become a place for kids to hang out, not a place to get a diploma. If it is a school-age culture, is it then an economically sound decision to give every student who gets a diploma $5,000 towards further education and $5000 cash towards a new start? That's cheaper than having the diploma-less kids easily eating up more time and money being trained later.

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