JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi’s Department of Education failed to maintain an Office of Dropout Prevention for the last 10 years as required by state law and overstated its progress toward increasing graduation rates.
The graduation rate in the state was reported to have increased from 61% in 2006 to 85% by 2019.
State Auditor Shad White said the increase is attributed to the way the Department of Education calculates its graduation rate, not pure improvement in student retention.
White alleges the Department of Education changed its calculation for dropout rates shortly after being asked to monitor rates in 2006, which skewed data.