Giving Compass' Take:

· According to Education Dive, number of individuals are questioning NYC's alternative pathways to graduation after the city's graduation rate rose to nearly 76% in 2018. 

· What are NYC's alternative pathways to graduation? Does this make it easier for student to graduate? 

· Here's more on NYC's graduation requirements

Across the country, test scores are less likely to represent graduation rates, and there's a growing discrepancy between how much grad rates are rising and students' increased academic success. According to a report by NPR, these rates have been rising since 2002, when the No Child Left Behind Act required states to make grad rate improvements. Between 2001 to 2013, graduation rates climbed from 72% to 81%, and in 2018, the nation's high school graduation rate hit an all-time high.

While higher graduation rates make for good news because of more initiatives such as early intervention for at-risk students, there is also suspicion that the higher grad rates are a result of a lower bar that students have to hit to get their diplomas. Districts are also being accused of gaming the system by moving at-risk students off the books, transferring them out of the district or not classifying them correctly, among other tactics.

Read the full article about changing graduation requirements by Shawna De La Rosa at Education Dive.