We all know that there are many ways to lie with statistics. The Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina is putting it’s skill in this area into practice. It seems they compute the dropout rate in reports to the federal government by taking the number of kids who graduate and comparing that to the number of those kids who were freshmen four years earlier. By that measure, the dropout rate in North Carolina is 10%. Someone else with a better sense of how these computations are supposed to work did the math the other way around. If you take the number of kids who were freshmen and compare that with the number that actually made it to graduation, the dropout rate is 37%.

Math skills as demonstrated by our educational leaders.