1. The federally approved high school graduation rate goal was 68% through 2014 until that rate was challenged by the Legislature and the media.
2. The federally approved high school graduation data system was ruled arbitrary and capricious in 2007.
3. The federally approved high school graduation formula has allowed Oklahoma to defer transparency and accountability in accurately counting graduates and dropouts.
4. The United States Department of Education is encouraging all states to enter into the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Graduation Formula Compact for the purposes of real accountability and comparison across states. Currently, Oklahoma has at least four different graduation percentages reported in various publications:
a. A state department senior year graduation rate of 97.1%
b. An NCLB graduation rate of 88%
c. A USDE graduation rate of 80%
5. The federally approved n of 52 in all subgroups excludes approximately 65,000 children (about 20%) from accountability at school sites cross the state. This gives the perception that all students in these schools are performing successfully, when they actually may not be.
6. The OSDE maintains that Oklahoma cannot have its own state accountability system per the requirement of NCLB.
7. OSDE maintains that the state legislature has no control or oversight over NCLB per NCLB requirements. While that may be true, the OSDE failed to say that Oklahoma can submit a request to amend our previously approved plan.
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