Jun 18, 2015
In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama noted
that the nation's graduation rate had hit a 30-year record high of
81 percent. But how accurate is that number? National Public
Radio's education team decided to find out, assigning 14 regional
reporters to cover the story. What they found is
that while there is likely some genuine improvement in student
achievement, there are also plenty of instances where schools and
districts are lowering expectations in order to raise the grad
EWA Radio spoke with the lead journalists on the multimedia
Kamanetz and Corey Turner.
They discussed the origins of the assignment, lessons learned along
the way, and some smart tips for local reporters looking at the
data in their own communities.