VITAL STATS: Alameda's high school graduation rates

VITAL STATS: Alameda's high school graduation rates

Michele Ellson

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Submitted by Melissa (not verified) on Thu, May 22, 2014

I would think that research would have been done before the statistics went to print...the numbers are inaccurate. Recommend that you go back and validate before printing...

Submitted by Michele Ellson on Thu, May 22, 2014

Hi Melissa: The stats came from the California Department of Education, and here's the link: http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/CohortRates/GradRates.aspx?Agg=S&Topic=Gr.... I got an e-mail from Nea earlier this evening and am waiting for the new numbers.

Submitted by I_Love_Nea (not verified) on Fri, May 23, 2014

The low Nea number is misleading. It appears to be based on the percentage of a cohort that started as freshman and then graduated 4 years later. For a small start-up school, with a changing student population, this number doesn't tell the whole story. Under this interpretation, a school could graduate 100% of its seniors but have a reported graduation rate of 0% if the cohort changed completely. How do best measure graduates? If we base the measurement on the number of seniors enrolled the previous fall, it will be much higher than if we base it on the freshman enrolled 4 years earlier. As far as I know, Nea has graduated (and will graduate) 100% of the seniors enrolled the previous fall, for the 2 years that we have had senior classes. Moreover, 100% of them have been accepted into college.

Submitted by Michele Ellson on Fri, May 23, 2014

Thanks ILN, just got that same answer from Annalisa Moore at Nea (maybe you're her?). Good to know the numbers were accurate and appreciate the additional detail.

Submitted by I_Love_Nea (not verified) on Fri, May 23, 2014

Nope--not her. Just a satisfied parent. (but small school--we chat with one another so there is often overlap.) :-)