Congrats to the graduates, but also to the educators who have kept Utah at or
near the top among the states in graduation rates for years. And that is with
the lowest funding level in the country. It's time to applaud our teachers and
administrators for running such an efficient system--more efficient than any
other public school state system and more efficient that almost any private
school system. Efficiency defined in my mind as the ratio of output to input.
Output consistently - by any measure -- ranges from a little above average to
excellent. Input -- as measured by financial input -- the lowest in the
country. Our schools do very well in Utah. Amazingly well.
Many states report a higher graduation percentage than those passing the
standardized test. I thought students couldn't graduate without passing these
tests.In a small community, a middle school sent 350 students to
start the ninth grade at high school. Four years later, 128 students graduated.
The school reported a dropout rate of less than two percent. Of the 350 who
started high school, what happened to the 222 who didn't graduate?It
seems that figures can be modified.
Worf: a lot of those missing numbers end up taking alternative routes like the
GRE, votech, or adult ed. Many end up transferring out of the district
completely.Stats don't tell the whole story.