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Feds Publish Incorrect Info on Graduation Rates
with a regular diploma or certificate: 39.4%
Although OSEP refused to fully comply with the order, they agreed to count students in the smaller "moved, not known to continue" group as dropouts. Thus, the official IEP student dropout figure is actually 20.5%. (Although OSEP's table doesn't say so!)
Why did the Office of the Inspector General direct that the U. S. Department of Education to count the "moved, known to continue" and "moved, not known to continue" groups as dropouts? In large-scale audits, they found that school districts and state departments of education were mis-reporting outcomes for IEP student by putting them in the "moved . . ." categories.
Outcomes for Students with IEPs, ages 14-21 (2002-2003)
offensive numbers game detracts from the credibility of the U. S. Department
of Education's position on IDEA reauthorization. Nothing
in the proposed bills to reauthorize the IDEA will improve this situation.
Dee Alpert, Esq.
Ms. Alpert is focusing on systemic special education and education issues
and tactics, including various inquiries into special education and
public school district financial and related corruption. She collaborates
with a retired Professor of Education Finance, and provides forensic
special education consultation to legislators in a number of States.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires the U. S. Department
of Education to collect data about how the law is being implementation
in different areas: child count (children served); number of personnel
employed; children served by type of educational environment; students
who exit special education and how they exited; children disciplined.
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