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Math On TCU Teach For America Signs Didn’t Add Up To The Truth

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – An old political campaign claim about the low high school graduation rate of the Fort Worth school district has recently reappeared on signs around the TCU campus.

Some of the signs posted along sidewalks of the Fort Worth college campus stated “Only 47% of students in Fort Worth ISD will graduate from high school.”

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A sign for Teach for America on the TCU campus shows incorrect data about the graduation rates at Fort Worth ISD (Jason Allen/CBSDFW)

The signs were up last week as part of TCU’s Education Awareness Week.  But the math on the signs didn’t add up.

State reports show the actual number for 2011 is 85 per cent, including students who receive GEDs or complete high school through continuing education programs.

The 47-percent number first appeared during the 2011 mayoral campaign in Fort Worth. Candidate Cathy Hirt said during a live debate on CBS 11 at that time that her campaign compared the number of freshman students to the number of graduating students four years later. The campaign did not factor in students who moved, or finished later.

At the time the district called the number erroneous and asked for a correction.

The number reappeared as the TCU student government collaborated with Teach for America on education awareness. Teach for America recruits recent college graduates to teach for two years in urban and rural school districts.

TCU said the statistics were provided by Teach for America, which told CBS 11 Thursday a student intern had come up with the information.

Fort Worth ISD said it had spoken with Teach for America, which apologized for the error. The group and the university’s student government have decided to print up and post new signs, with new statistics.

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