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Caps, Gowns, and Games

High School Graduates and NCLB

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires that public elementary and secondary school systems be held accountable for achieving high levels of educational proficiency for all students. At the high school level, the percentage of students graduating on time with a regular diploma is a performance benchmark. However, the law allows considerable leeway in how graduation rates are defined and measured. This policy brief shows how three methods of measuring graduation rates can have dramatically different results.

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