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High school success rate a complex problem

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Hundreds graduate yearly from Amsterdam High School, but according to New York State, we are a school in need of improvement. Why is this? New York State doesn’t count how many seniors graduate, they count how many freshmen graduate four years after entering high school. This group of freshmen is called a cohort. The state has set the cohort graduation levels at 55 percent. That is, 55 percent of the entering freshmen will have to ...

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