Tuesday, July 15

Tardy report cards

Over two weeks ago, we asked about delays in reporting the high-school graduation rate; why, we wondered, were school report cards and other data MIA at the end of the school year?

Today, Elissa Gootman's Times piece explores the question at length -- but guess what? There's no clear answer. Blame falls on pricey, whiz-bang data systems and on faulty reporting; fingers are wagged in many directions. But still, no data.

In an email earlier this month, Tom Dunn of the New York State Education Department said the report cards would probably post by late July. Well, we're halfway there. We're glad for the Times' muscle on this question, and hope that we'll know the grad rate before this year's rising seniors show up for school in September.

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