Nancy Loome, executive director of the education advocacy group The Parents Campaign, says she has set the record straight about a claim by the Center for Public Policy that dozens of Mississippi high schools have become “dropout factories.”
Many of the schools named in the report were erroneously identified as having excessive dropout rates, Loom said in an email to Parents Campaign members and supporters.
“Some of the rates listed were off by almost 20 percentage points,” Loome wrote.
“I spoke with the director of the center, and he acknowledged that the information was incorrect. It has been removed from the center’s website.”
Loome said the author of the report used a “very crude methodology” that simply took ninth grade enrollment in the high school in one year and divided it by the number of graduates four years later.
“This methodology fails to account for students who transfer to another school, special education students who complete their coursework but don’t get a regular diploma, students who are retained and graduate in five years, or high growth districts that have added a high school and moved students from one school to another,” she said.
“This sort of sloppy methodology skews the results in both directions, falsely accusing some good schools of having a dropout problem and failing to identify some that really do.”
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info