High school graduation rate figures were released Tuesday and Peekskill school officials said the state figures are under-reported. Read the district’s press release below:
“The New York State Department of Education (SED) has confirmed that the reported graduation rate for Peekskill High School for 2008/09, because of a data reporting error, has been significantly understated. The correct graduation rate for the Class of 2005 cohort, as of June 2009, is 75%. The reported graduation rate was 67%. The actual graduation rate for the 2005 cohort as of August 2009 improved to 79%, but was reported by the state to be only 71%.
The data reporting errors were originally identified by the Peekskill City School District in the fall of 2009 and communicated immediately to SED. To ensure that data are reported with complete correctness in the future, the District has contracted with a data verification service called Certify that will generate reports designed to enable the District to discover and correct inaccurate data before the numbers are pulled for state reporting.”
Also, check out today’s lohud and TJN story on graduation rates throughout Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties here.