Expect the dropout rate for Texas public schools to go up next year when new accountability ratings are announced. That’s because the state will begin stamping the “dropout” label on students who get a GED certificate instead of a diploma.
His argument is that students who receive their GEDs aren’t dropouts.
Yes, they’re kids who had trouble in school — so much trouble, in fact, that they couldn’t complete the requirements even with all the help and encouragement that teachers and school administrators stood ready to give them.But they didn’t quit. They showed initiative — some of them for the first time in their lives — and took charge of their own education and passed the required exams. That should be celebrated.
They may be dropouts — with all the missed educational opportunities that implies — but they’re not failures.
I think he misses the point. The dropout label reflects the school’s effectiveness. The kids may not be a failure, but the schools certainly didn’t succeed with these kids.