One-quarter of Michigan high school students don't finish

LANSING, Mich. - One in four Michigan high school students do not graduate, according to The Detroit News.

A new way of tracking high school students, which looks at those who entered high school as freshmen in 2003, showed 75.5 percent had graduated by 2007. The new formula accounts for those who transfer schools, stop and start school or are held back a grade, The News said.

The previous method for calculating graduation rates, which was based on retention, put Michigan at 85.8 percent.

The Detroit News, "Michigan graduation rates: 25 percent don't finish in four years," Aug. 25, 2008

Michigan Education Report, "Hope in state graduation standards misplaced," March 7, 2006