Audit: NYC HS Dropout Rate Higher Than Reported

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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  • martin braun

    Is the dropout rate the inverse or , reflection of the graduation rate? How many kids are completing high school and graduating. This may well be an entirely different and substantially lower number which the city agencies obscure by claiming a “low dropout rate”

  • Sydelle Houston

    I wish they would stop fudging the numbers and be honest for a change. It’s hard to take any number cruncher seriously when they juggle findings like this.

    Robert, I would like to know the rate by race as well, but overall, 38% is ridiculous as it is.

  • Robert Lew

    I would like to know what the drop out rate is by race. White, Black, Hispanic, and Oriental.

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