Despite at Least One Glitch, Ed Week Provides Helpful Grad Rate Information
Our governor has placed a lot of attention on the goal of cutting Colorado’s dropout rate in half in 10 years. To get a sense of what it will take to accomplish that goal, inquiring minds should go check out Diplomas Count 2008 by Education Week. (Thanks to John LaPlante at the SPN Blog for pointing it out.)
There’s lots of information at your fingertips, such as:
- State-specific background reports with easy-to-read information … here’s the report for Colorado (almost 26 percent of students failed to graduate in 2005)
- A tool to compare Colorado’s P-20 Council to different states’ education alignment councils
- An interactive mapping tool that allows you to see how successful individual school districts are at seeing kids through to high school graduation
Memo to Education Week: The Education Policy Center staff here says what you have put together is a great resource for looking at the dropout issue. But did you know that there is no way to find Colorado’s largest school district (Jefferson County, where I am right now) on your mapping tool? It doesn’t come up in a name search. It isn’t labeled on a map of the Denver metro area. What’s the deal?
When it comes to great mapping tools on education websites, I’ll stick with the one that helps my parents to find the best school for me.