Nation’s worst graduation rate gets worse

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“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.

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5 responses to “Nation’s worst graduation rate gets worse

  1. shocked

  2. I CAMPAINED IN OCONEE COUNTY FOR KAREN AS I PERSONALLY KNEW HER AS A GOOD HONEST PERSON WHEN LIVING IN SPARTANBURG.
    I SAID THE PUTTING REX IN WOULD BE PUTTING THE FOX IN THE HEN HOUSE ! HE HAS PROVEN TO BE SO !

  3. Come on South Carolinians and lets impeach everyone now connected with the state educational system. When you have a no win situation as we have, the time is to over throw it and start something new and worthwhile. That’s what our forefathers did to England. However, we are still under the control of Northern Radicals who wish to destroy Southern education so we won’t become wise to their agenda.

  4. Ronald Bycroft

    Vote for McCain and be able to use your school money to send your children to a private school.

  5. How much education money is alloted for law firms that represent school districts that are in violation of State and Federal Regs?

    Why is this information not included in the annual report as a dollars per student ratio?

    If tax payers were informed about this expense, schools would have an incentive to follow State and Federal regulations, educate our kids rather than blame them when the kids are written off by the schools.

    School attorneys are guaranteed payment for services yet there is no guarantee that our kids will be provided services when payment is allocated to the district for the child.

    We don’t need vouchers; We need accountability for every penny that is allocated for our kid’s Free education.

    Just like a child on restriction, once the grades are pulled back up school districts can go back to secret fund allocations for local law firms.

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