Audit Questions MO High School Graduation Rate
Claire McCaskill's audit shows Missouri graduation rates are overstated by nine percent because the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education used inaccurate data to calculate them.
DESE said Missouri's 2004 graduation rate was 86%, but the audit found it was actually 77%. The audit also found some schools misrepresented transfer students by not keeping proper records.
"The data that is being used to determine progress or proficiency can not be relied on," complained McCaskill.
"The fact that the response from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is, 'We'll take it under advisement.' The response should be, 'We'll fix it," she added.
Hallsville school officials said they do their best to ensure all students graduate.
"We have just not had a problem," said Jeff Dodson, high school principal. "Our kids take school seriously and understand that school is their job, and we try really hard to create success."
You can read McCaskill's high school graduation rate audit by clicking on the link at the right of this page.