Education’s Dirty Secret

America’s Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings has proposed that the U.S. Department of Education require states to use a standard measure for calculating graduation rates.  Although No Child Left Behind legislation presently requires states to publish graduation rates, states decide what formula to use.  While Ms. Spelling’s proposal has merit, I see two problems with it.

First, all of the data reported to the U.S. Department of Education is self reported and therefore is and will still be dependent of the accuracy of self-reported data.  Second, Ms. Spellings and the Bush Administration has less than a year to go in office and therefore by the time the proposal is promulgated, the administration will be no more.