State Miscalculates Graduation Rates

Sep 25, 2009

The state miscalculated high school graduation rates that were released last month.

According to a copyright story in today's Albuquerque Journal, the Public Education Department has calculated new figures that put the graduation rate for Albuquerque Public Schools at 58 percent, not the reported 46 percent.

The statewide graduation rate is also up almost 10 percent to 63 percent from the 54 percent reported in early August.

APS Superintendent Winston Brooks says the discrepancy raises questions about whether the state can accurately calculate progress under the No Child Left Behind Act.

It's the first time the state has calculated the cohort graduation rate and State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia said the new numbers have not been certified.