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Audit: NYC HS Dropout Rate Higher Than Reported

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NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (credit: CBS 2)

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An audit by the New York state comptroller shows that New York City’s high school dropout rate was slightly higher in 2008 than the city reported.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that the graduation rate for that year was between 62.9 percent and 63.6 percent. The Department of Education listed it at 65.5 percent.

DiNapoli said the city’s rate was “generally accurate” because it was within 5 points of his findings, and that the city needs to between discern between students who drop out and those who transfer to another school.

The DOE disputed some of the cases cited in the audit as the result of onerous paperwork requirements.

DiNapoli first took the position in February 2007.

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