As Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott explained to me earlier, there’s some difference between how the city and state calculate four-year high school graduation rates. (If you’re yawning right now, sorry — hang in there.)
Gotham Gazette has a wrap-up of the issue, explaining the compromise now in the works that will let the city include August graduates towards the total number of students who graduate at the end of the regular school year in June.
The formula is important because it’ll determine a hugely important number for the mayor, who asked to be judged on education. The changes to the way the number is calculated should he enough to boost the overall percentage of students who graduate to well above 50 percent.
— Azi Paybarah