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August 11, 2007

Because education officials wouldn’t lie

Filed under: Accountability, Education reform, Homeschooling — texased @ 5:54 pm

Critics say TEA’s dropout figures mislead public | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

Bob Sanborn, who runs a Houston-based education research and advocacy group, said the changes addressed some of his concerns. But, he said, the state still allows schools to get credit for students who never graduate. Students can say they are dropping out to be homeschooled, for example, but the state never checks on whether that is true.

Is he seriously suggesting that the high school dropout rate will be affected by cracking down on those “fake” homeschoolers?

HISD has already shown that if a high school has listed a big enough number of students having withdrawn to homeschool that it actually gets notice then the problem is with the keepers of the list, not the homeschoolers. They could just as easily have stated that they had transferred to a private school or moved out of the state.

Counting dropouts in Texas has been a problem for over 30 years. If the best Sanborn can do it to point to “homeschoolers” then you’ve got to wonder about the quality of his education analysis. Somehow, I have a feeling that Sanborn would want to check up on homeschoolers regardless of the dropout situation.

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  1. HISD lying about students dropping out, I never would have believed it /sarcasm

    Comment by kherbert — August 12, 2007 @ 12:59 am

  2. I’ve been trying to subscribe to your general RSS feed button, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Can you help?

    Furthermore, having studied briefly the history of Black English during the 70’s, it is a DIALECT, NOT a language. In the Middle Eastern country where I live, there are many dialects of Arabic which are not separate WRITTEN languages–they are only spoken varieties. Here, linguists refer to all of those as DIALECTS, and the standard written version as a LANGUAGE.

    You find the same situation in most European countries. In Germany, for example, standard German is taught in schools, whereas there are many varieties of spoken dialects. Probably the same thing for Spain, France, Italy, Greece, etc.

    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas

    Comment by elementaryteacher — August 12, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

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