New York State released the latest graduation rate data. The grad rate went up by half a percentage point, from 79.7% to 80.2%.

http://www.nysed.gov/news/2018/state-education-department-releases-2013-cohort-high-school-graduation-rates

It is good to see more students finishing high school, and their teachers and principals and the students themselves deserve congratulations.

But.

Given the spread of online “credit recovery,” which allows students to make up for a failed course by taking an online course for a few days or a couple of weeks, is the grad rate real or is it margarine?

The recent graduation rate scandal in D.C. should raise red flags everywhere.

Future releases should report on the use of credit recovery courses. The NCAA became so concerned about credit recovery that it disqualified high schools that were allowing students to graduate with fake degrees, in some cases received after answering simple true-false questions. In some cases, with multiple chances to take the multiple-choice exam.

Campbell’s Law is immutable.