The inverse of the dropout rate is the graduation rate and under a new way of calculating the latter, Indiana is faring worse than officials first feared. Indiana recently recognized that its reported graduation rates are not reflective of the number of students who are actually graduating high school.
Under the current system of counting the number of students who enter high school as freshman and comparing that with the number who graduate, Indiana reported a 90 percent graduation rate. A new formula will track individual students as they enter and exit high school, possibly providing a more accurate statistic, if not a lower one.
So what's the reaction from the Indiana Department of Education? They're not concerned. “Indiana has a dropout problem, but every state in the nation has a dropout problem,” Jason Bearce said. “It’s been with us since the beginning.” That's really encouraging.