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States giving false grad rates and teacher quality stats.

Many states, particularly North Carolina, overestimate their high school graduation rates, which undermines chances to address struggling student needs, according to a recent study by an education advocacy group.

Not only are graduation rates less than honest, but so are teacher quality reports, according to various news reports.

North Carolina, for example, told the federal government that more than 92 percent of its public school students graduated in 2002, according to The Education Trust. Fewer than 66 percent of the state's students actually graduated.

As for teacher quality, few states are honestly reporting and assessing the quality of their public school teachers. The Education Trust criticized the state of Washington for not requiring teacher tests that were mandated by No Child Left Behind Act, which became law two years ago.

Every state also had to report graduation rates this year to the U.S. Department of Education due to NCLB.
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Title Annotation:Update: education news from schools, businesses, research and government agencies
Publication:District Administration
Date:Feb 1, 2004
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