“You fail! Your skill is not enough!”
A new report by Dr. Harold L. Long (formerly of Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute) has more bad news about SC graduation rates.
Bureaucrats at the State Department of Education continue to claim public schools are graduating over 70 percent of students, but the real rate calculated by Long is just 49 percent.
Long notes that public educators cook-the-books by only measuring the “completers” who are already in their senior year. In other words, twenty-two percent of high schools seniors drop out in just the nine months before graduation.
The real measure of graduation – adopted by 47 states at a recent governors’ convention- is determined by dividing the total number of entering 9th graders by the number of students that received diplomas four school years later. In South Carolina that number is just 49 percent.
This uncontroversial and common sensical methodology is totally ignored by South Carolina, leaving our state with the nation’s largest gap between our published graduation rate and the actual rate. It also means more than 150 drop-outs leave the public school system each and every school day.
Sadly, this worst-in-the-nation ranking is no surprise.
Spending over $11,480 per child, but only letting a tiny trickle of the reach the classroom (just 44 percent), the so-called “professional educators” at the State Department are just as apt covering up failure as they are at perpetuating it.