August 26, 2006

Graduation-rate report, just out, is already obsolete...

Seastrom et al.'s technical report on graduation rates, volume 1, was just released this week. (Hat tip: edspresso.) Kudos to the authors on it.

And, unusual for an area in my research expertise, it's already out of date. Warren's 2005 paper was released while the report was in peer review and was addressed briefly in a footnote; Mishel and Roy's book isn't mentioned anywhere. Please don't blame the authors—the ED's internal review process can be slower than academic journals'—but it means the report should be read cautiously, limited to the grade-based methods analyzed in it. The omissions are a reflection of the literature's quick turnover, not necessarily flaws in the authors' work.

No, I haven't had a chance to read it thoroughly... in my copious free time at the beginning of the semester. I need to breathe, first... and get some other writing done.

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