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Michigan Makes Strides In Calculating Dropout, Graduation Rates

Michigan’s auditor general says the state is doing a better job calculating high school graduation and drop-out rates.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

An audit in 2006 showed the state was not providing reliable data on graduations and drop outs. It made a list of recommendations for how the Center for Educational Performance and Information could do better. Now, the auditor general says the department has met all those recommendations.

Kurt Weiss is a spokesperson for the department.

“From the standpoint of how we’re doing at graduating our kids, it’s just an essential factor,” he says.

Since 2006, the state has adopted a system that tracks students through their school careers. Lawmakers also passed legislation allowing the department to access school records that are critical for calculating graduation and drop-out rates.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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