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OKC School District's Faulty Stats Show 13 Percent Dropout Rate

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The district's dropout rates claim 202 students dropped out of U.S. Grant High School between October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. The district's dropout rates claim 202 students dropped out of U.S. Grant High School between October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

The largest high school within the Oklahoma City Public School system has a reported dropout rate of more than 13 percent.

The report is from the school district's own statistics, and it means about one in eight students would have dropped out just this past year. On Tuesday, News 9 learned the school district is no longer standing by its own research.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools says it messed up when publishing its findings. The district's dropout rates claim 202 students dropped out of U.S. Grant High School between October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. As of late Tuesday, the public was still waiting to learn the real rate.

"That's crazy," one U.S. Grant student said in reference to the reported dropout rate.

Students are amazed over the faulty numbers that show more than 13 percent of their peers are leaving high school without a diploma.

"Sometimes students get stressed out and they [wonder] why [they] can't … pass," Senior Efrain Granado said.

Others are working hard to not become part of the statistic.

"I just try to stay on task," sophomore Trenzell Griffin said.

The district's research shows 1,546 students attend U.S. Grant High School, and a within a 12-month period, 202 of them dropped out. Now, the district is saying it's not quite sure how many students dropped out.

"In regards to U.S. Grant, we're still working on getting the numbers for the number of dropouts," Tierney Tinnin, Oklahoma City Public Schools spokesperson said. "We had a staffing change … In that whole process of training, we got some numbers wrong."

Tinnin says the corrected numbers should be out on Monday. She would not say how different the corrected rate will be compared to the current rate.

"As for U.S. Grant, that is a disappointing number," Tinnin said. "We do expect it to drop."

The report shows Emerson High School has the second highest dropout rate at 8 percent. Classen High School was the only Oklahoma City public high school that did not have a single student leave before graduating during the researched time period. The district says the only dropout rate that is wrong on its current report is the rate for U.S. Grant High School.

As of late Tuesday, the report was still published on the district's website.

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