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Does the Rise in High School Graduation Rates Indicate that Students are Staying in School Longer and Learning More?

Douglas N. Harris

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
12:00–1:00 pm
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 700
Conference Room 760
New Orleans LA 70112

Research Team: Lihan Liu, Nathan Bar­rett, Ruoxi Li, ​Education Research Alliance for New Orleans​After decades of stag­na­tion, high school grad­u­a­tion rates – in New Orleans, Louisiana, and across the nation – start­ed to rapid­ly increase in the ear­ly 2000s. This coin­cid­ed with the intro­duc­tion of No Child Left Behind, which includ­ed account­abil­i­ty for high school grad­u­a­tion rates and test scores. The tim­ing of these events led to con­cerns that the increase in grad­u­a­tion rates might not be real.” In order to improve their per­for­mance on high-stakes account­abil­i­ty mea­sures, schools could have low­ered the stan­dards for grad­u­a­tion or changed their data col­lec­tion in ways that inflat­ed the grad­u­a­tion rate. Recent news reports sug­gest that this is what hap­pened in Los Ange­les, Wash­ing­ton, DC, and else­where. But are those instances just out­liers? Did high-stakes account­abil­i­ty actu­al­ly increase high school grad­u­a­tion rates? If so, did schools respond by improv­ing the qual­i­ty of schools, or through strate­gic behav­ior that increas­es the mea­sures with­out improv­ing stu­dents’ edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ences? In this brown bag, we will pro­vide our pre­lim­i­nary answers and dis­cuss our analy­sis with the audience.

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