An article by Heather Vogell shows Georgia is likely overestimating the number of students who earn high school diplomas. This means the state’s dropout rate could be much higher than reported.
The paper’s analysis showed that while school officials marked more than 25,000 students as transferring to other Georgia public schools no schools reported accepting these students.
Georgia Department of Education officials reviewed the records and located 7,100 of the students. They said coding errors likely occurred for the other students and that some are dropouts.
This is a problem bigger than just numbers.
We’ve discussed many times before the challenges dropouts face. They’re more likely to live in poverty and to wind up in prison.
Without a true indication of the situation in Georgia, how can anyone go about fixing the problem?
How can teachers, schools and others reach out to these students if we don’t know where they are?