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New Rules For Tracking High-School Dropouts (Sans Musical)

If High School Musical was real (and I wish it was, it would actually have made for fascinating reality TV) at least one kid on the poster wouldn't be tossing any cap at all. High-school dropout rates now show one out of every four students not graduating, and 7,000 students drop out every day. Under new regulations for reporting announced today, schools will have to report graduation rates for all students — including minorities and students with disabilities, which have a dropout rate as high as one in three.

The new ruling is an attempt to extend No Child Left Behind to upper grades and was announced today by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. She said, "We haven't really tackled high-school accountability, and this is a giant step toward doing that."

To see what the new rules include,


Among the new rules: schools have to track dropout rates along with graduates and transfers using a uniform reporting system. Starting with the 2012 school year, schools will have to meet progress targets or face a penalty. Spellings says this is a problem not to be taken lightly, "What's going on right now in our high schools is that kids, lots and lots of minority kids, don't get to the 10th grade. Rome is burning."

Will reporting dropouts, including extreme cases like the school in LA where that encompasses a majority of the students, put the fire out?

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