Many states use an inflated graduation rate for federal reporting requirements under the No Child Left Behind law and a different one at home, reports the New York Times. As a result, researchers say, federal figures obscure a dropout epidemic so severe that only about 70 percent of the one million American students who start ninth grade each year graduate four years later. /state>California/state> state="">/>, for example, sends to /state>/place>Washington/place> place="">/>/state> state="">/> an official graduation rate of 83 percent but reports an estimated 67 percent on a state web site. /state>/place>Delaware/place> place="">/>/state> state="">/> reported 84...
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