PolitiFact – Meria Carstarphen

Austin, Texas, School Superintendent Meria Carstarphen: The Austin Independent School District’s graduation rate reached an all-time high of 82.5 percent in 2012.

The Truth-O-Meter journeyed to Texas last week to check the grad rate in Austin that was being touted by the woman tapped to be the next superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.

What Carstarphen said matters because the Atlanta school board has chosen her as the sole finalist to take over as superintendent in the district still rebounding from a national cheating scandal.

Austin’s grad rate for its Class of 2012 is great rate by most standards and well above Georgia’s 69.73 percent grad rate and Atlanta Public Schools’ rate of 50.87 percent.

Austin’s grad rate has climbed steadily in Carstarphen’s tenure, which started in 2009. It was 75.6 percent in 2009, 78.6 percent in 2010 and 80 percent in 2011, according to the Texas Education Agency.

The upward trajectory of Austin’s overall graduation rate mirrors that of the state. Texas has one of the nation’s best grad rates.

It’s difficult to say how much of the increases can be attributed to policies Carstarphen has pushed. But her numbers are accurate, according to district and state data

We rated the statement by Carstarphen as True.

By Nancy Badertscher
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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