Thursday, November 29, 2012

Way to Go NC School Boards!

Woo Hoo...Hooray...Jump for them boys and girls more money.  #26.  

Be proud NC!  Those new buildings, repaved parking lots, junkets to San Francisco paid off.  Right!  Why can't we be #1 with all the technology and superb schools in our state?  Huh?

Give them boards more and more and more.  Isn't that what the Dems say?  Maybe one day...well, no, on second thought...Those of us who know how to do math understand that throwing money in the pot whenever  School Boards want it or cry "it's for the children", doesn't always equal better results.  Money can't buy you love! Nor can it buy you higher graduation rates!  But it can get you a Superintendent who gets by with saying "FU" but who probably would fire at teacher in a heartbeat if he heard him/her say it.  Isn't that grand?

Daily Journal

We’re No. 26! We’re No. 26!

Nov. 29th, 2012

RALEIGH — The U.S. Department of Education released on Monday state-by-state graduation rates for the 2010-11 school year. North Carolina’s rate of 78 percent was tied for 26th-highest in the nation.

This ranking is unique. For the first time, states used the same method to calculate graduation rates — the four-year cohort rate. The cohort rate represents the percentage of students who begin ninth grade and graduate four years later, adjusted for enrollment changes. To its credit, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has been using this method since 2006. A number of other states made the switch only a year or two before the deadline.

Indeed, it took several years to get to this point. In 2005, the nation’s governors signed the Graduation Counts Compact of the National Governors Association. The compact was a voluntary agreement to calculate and report statewide graduation rates using the four-year cohort graduation rate.

Three years later, what began as a voluntary agreement became a mandate under the No Child Left Behind Act law. Federal regulations required states receiving NCLB funds to begin reporting disaggregated state, district, and school graduation rates following the 2010-11 school year.

This year, the U.S. Department of Education required states, territories, and federal education divisions to report their graduation rates using the cohort method. The District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Education, Puerto Rico, and all but three states (Idaho, Kentucky, and Oklahoma) have done so.

So what does the ranking tell us? First, money can’t buy you higher graduation rates. Top dog Iowa (88 percent) spent nearly $8,000 less per student than second-place Vermont (87 percent) and over $2,300 less than fellow runner-up Wisconsin (also 87 percent). North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas had relatively low per-student expenditures, but all three were among the states with the highest graduation rates.

North Carolina trailed those states but had a slightly higher graduation rate than big spenders like New York and Rhode Island. Arizona spent $2,000 less per student but matched North Carolina’s graduation rate.

The second lesson from the new data: Midwestern states, as a group, outperformed the rest of the nation. Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Illinois all reached the top 10, boasting graduation rates between 84 percent and 88 percent. Kansas and South Dakota were not far behind. 

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