Indiana’s Hidden Dropout Crisis
Investigative Reporting (Smaller Newsroom)
- Dylan Peers McCoy, Chalkbeat
About the Entry
After learning that more than 3,700 students left Indiana high schools to home-school, Dylan Peers McCoy started a reporting journey that ended in the revelation that some of Indiana’s most struggling schools are boosting their graduation rates by wiping students off their books and marking them as leaving to home-school.
- Hidden Dropouts: How Indiana Schools Can Write off Struggling Students as Home-Schoolers
- Over 1,000 Students Have Left This Indiana District to Home-School. Can It Solve Its Hidden Dropout Problem?
- Find How Many Students Left Your High School to Home-School
- McCormick Questions Manual Officials About High Home-School Numbers
Comments from the Judges
“Dylan’s work succeeded in finding a story that was hiding in plain sight. It was one that needed to be told.”
“Excellent investigative work that generated real results. The reporting relied on a number of investigative techniques. It put a human face on the story, something that’s not easy to do with data stories.”
EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting.