From the Times Argus
Published December 26th, 2014
By Staff Writer
Five New England states have agreed on a common method to compare education data from one state to the next.
Through its Common Data Project, the New England Secondary School Consortium recently released figures that look at high school graduation and dropout rates — as well as rates of college enrollment and retention — for every New England state except for Massachusetts.
“We are very pleased to have agreement in this five-state consortium on use of common metrics to measure outcomes,” said John Fischer, deputy secretary of the state Agency of Education.
While many states have metrics to measure the performance of their high schools, those metrics typically vary from state to state, which can lead to a comparison between states that might not be a true reflection of how one state is performing compared with the next.