This issue brief from the National High School Center outlines the immediate need for more accurate dropout and graduation data, while providing a snapshot of work currently underway. By drawing on two prominent methods for calculating graduation rates--the National Governors Association’s endorsed longitudinal approach and the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR)--this brief outlines how data are needed to track dropout trends and patterns, as well as how to direct resources and more effective strategies to ensure more students receive a high school diploma. This brief concludes by offering take-aways for states.
State Approaches to More Reliable and Uniform Dropout and Graduation Data
CCRS Center Publication
National High School Center