ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The state Department of Education says Minnesota's official graduation rate could fall by more than 10 percent under the new federal rules.
The Bush administration issued new rules for the No Child Left Behind school law on Wednesday. The rules raise the bar for two key measures of school performance, including graduation rates.
A nationwide way to define high school graduation will make it easier to compare how schools are doing from one state to another, but Minnesota has been using a different method.
Christy Hovanetz Lassila is assistant Minnesota education commissioner. She says under the new rules only students earning a standard high school diploma four years after they were in ninth grade are considered graduates in state.
She says the official graduation rate will fall, not because fewer students are getting their diplomas, but because of the way the rules look at what happens to students.
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