Pyfer: Utah drop out rates not as bad as you might think

Reports that high school drop out rates have been rapidly increasing in Utah are upsetting to Tami Pyfer of Logan, a member of the State Board of Education.Pyfer says the federal government has changed the way graduation rates are calculated. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, she said it used to be that special education students and those who failed to graduate but then received their GED later were considered graduates but now they are referred to as “drop outs.””It’s a complicated formula and there are some inequities in that formula,” Pyfer said. “I just hope people will look at the whole picture and see what students are now not being counted and is that a true decrease in graduation rate.”That being said we can do better. We do need to improve our graduation rate, specifically for our at-risk students and minority students. We can do a better job.”On the other hand, she says those who have moved and districts don’t know how to track them should not be just considered drop-outs.

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