Audit: City H.S. dropout rate higher than reported

BROOKLYN - (AP) - An audit by the New York state comptroller showsthat New York City's high school dropout rate was slightly higherin 2008 than the city reported.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that the graduation rate forthat year was between 62.9 percent and 63.6 percent. The Departmentof Education listed it at 65.5 percent.

But DiNapoli said the city's rate was "generally accurate"because it was within 5 points of his findings.

He said the city needs to discern between students whodrop out and those who transfer to another school.

The DOE disputed some of the cases cited in the audit as theresult of onerous paperwork requirements.

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