Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mathematical Competence in Texas

Read the three paragraphs below.  They start an article claiming that Texas has the 10th highest graduation rate among the 34 states now following the national definition for graduation rate. Check the math! It was published by the Texas Education Agency, Feb. 21, 2012, at
Texas has the 10th highest overall graduation among 34 states that are reporting the National Governors Association (NGA) Compact Graduation Rate for the Class of 2010, according to a comparison study done by the Texas Education Agency.

The Compact Rate shows the overall graduation rate for Texas public school students was 84.3 percent. When broken down by ethnic or racial groups, Texas ranks even higher.

Among the 34 states currently reporting the Compact Rate, also known as a four-year on-time graduation rate, Texas had the second highest graduation rate for white students at 91.6 percent and, along with Arkansas, the fourth highest rate for Hispanic students with 78.8 percent. Texas also had the fifth highest rate for African-American students at 78.8 percent.
Is the Texas Education Agency recommending any efforts to target what is apparently (based on the above quoted paragraphs) the exceptionally low Asian graduation rate in Texas?

Beyond joking about this mathematical error: an email was sent to the Texas Education Agency today notifying them of this tragic set of errors.  Will they understand?