“What’s Up” With State Grad Rates?

“What’s Up” With State Grad Rates?

March 17, 2018

“I guess it’s good news that Missouri’s graduation rate in 2017 was nearly 90 percent—higher than the national average,” writes Susan Pendergrass, director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute, in the Columbia Daily Tribune. “But have we really put those students on the ‘path to achieve their goals in life’? Or has a high school diploma become little more than a participation trophy?” Pendergrass cautions not to look for solutions from ESSA.