California Contemplates Fifth-Year Grad Rate

California Contemplates Fifth-Year Grad Rate

July 8, 2019

According to John Fensterwald at EdSource, California “may soon join most states in creating a 5-year high school graduation rate as a way of crediting districts and high schools that help students who return to school after senior year to earn a diploma.” This new rate “would not replace the 4-year graduation rate, which follows a cohort of students from 9th through 12th grades,” but “would become the key measure for the state’s own school accountability system; the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act permits this option, according to state officials. As proposed, the new rate would likely raise the graduation rate, though only slightly.”