With new method, Maine high school graduation rate falls slightly

Posted July 20, 2010, at 5:16 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s high school graduation rate for 2008-09 is 80.4 percent under a new calculation method.

The state Department of Education on Monday released the 2008-09 graduation rate using a newly required federal method for calculating it.

The new method totals the graduation rate based on the number of students who entered 9th grade at the same time and graduated in no more than four years.

Because it only counts students who graduate in four years or less, the rates for most schools and for the state overall will be lower than in the previous year. Under the old method of calculation, the rate for 2007-08 was 83.5 percent.