Data Collection Methods Used to Determine the Numbers of High School Graduates

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This author will review an article examining the sometimes misunderstood and often controversial methods for data collection and the reliability of the collected statistics used to determine the numbers of high school graduates. Reviewed in this paper will be conflicting approaches among the methods that were being suggested for use to all the state education agencies. The Greene Method (2002a), used by the Manhattan Institute (MI), suggested that completion ratios should be the focused method for determining education statistics. The National Center for Education (NCES, 2005-2006) differed in their belief that completion ratios, recommended by Greene and MI, presented too many variables that would obviously skew the numbers collected in the Greene Method. Hypothetical enrollment data was illustrated by the author with the use of charts to help the reader better understand the significant differences in the two systems of data collection. The research and opinions of Richard P. Phelps (2005), which were presented in this article, clearly lead the reader to question the methods that the MI adopted to be a successful level of measurement. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES 3 Truth or Consequences Statistical Inconsistencies among Graduation Rates and Completion Ratios Tracking every student throughout their public school years has proven to be a rigorous and complicated job. In the recent history of our country, legislation known as No Child Left Behind was passed and demanded stricter accountability rates is measured in the public school system. The methods that have been used to track students are not without... ... middle of paper ... ... have different opinions or definitions of what is successful, there will be TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES 7 disagreements. The information presented was overly detailed in this author’s opinion. His audience for this report was of a more specific group of people. This writer feels that other statisticians would have found this article more applicable. One last thing this writer would like to an opinion about would be a specific statement written by Phelps (2005a) which suggests the educational statistical experts should be treated as heroes. There are many well deserving heroes in this world; this countries soldier is on the top of this writer’s hero list. Phelps, in this author’s opinion went a bit overboard in his description of these statisticians.
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