More evidence of inflated high school graduation rate reporting in Kentucky

Education Week’s research unit just released “Diplomas Count 2010.”

You can use one of the many web pages in the release to find graduation rates for individual states, including Kentucky.

I show those EdWeek rates here along with the available graduation rate data from the latest Nonacademic Data Report From the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).


As you can see, the latest EdWeek estimates of Kentucky’s graduation rates are more than 10 points lower than the rates we have been “officially” given by the KDE.

Also note that EdWeek showed a slight decline in the rate between the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years while KDE claimed there was an increase.