A task force is recommending that funding for universities and community colleges in Missouri be based in part on graduation rates and other performance-based criteria.
The recommendation was presented today in Jefferson City to the state’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education. State Senator David Pearce (R, Warrensburg) chairs the Senate Education Committee.
Preliminary figures on how many Missouri high school students earn their diplomas have been released, and a new procedure for calculating graduation rates is being used.
The new procedure is mandated by the federal government, and it only takes into account students who complete high school in four years time. Michele Clark is with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
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