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Raising Graduation Rates With Questionable Quick Fixes

What’s in a number? To many, 81 percent is a success story. It’s the nation’s all-time-high rate for high school graduation in 2013, the most recent year of federal data.

But the NPR Ed Team and reporters from member stations around the country have been digging into that number and found it’s more complicated.

Not all the news here is good.

There are questionable quick fixes schools are using to improve their graduation rates. It’s a wide range, from strategies that may seem, on the surface, irresponsible … to others motivated by good intentions that provide a safety net for vulnerable students.