Friday, May 16, 2003

Nearly one quarter of Utah 18-year-olds don't graduate from high school?

Just spotted a disturbing report on Craig Nielsen’s blog. The study finds only 75.7 percent of Utah 18-year-olds graduate from high school -- which gives Utah a national ranking of 18. The top ranking state is Vermont at 92.1 percent. Arizona ranks last at 55.8. The overall rate in the US is 71.3 percent.

The study does not include GED graduates. Here's their rationale: "GED holders should not be counted as the equivalent of high school graduates, given that they fare worse in the labor market and in post-secondary education than individuals who get regular high school diplomas."

"People will do almost anything you ask them to do and resist anything you tell them to do." -Dick Siddoway, author, legislator, and Principal of Utah's Electronic High School.


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