GDOE responds to allegations of dropout inaccuracy


Sanchez plans to meet with the principals from high school campuses to ensure that the attendance data is properly inputted.

Guam – The Guam Department of Education is responding to the allegations from an anonymous teacher who claims GDOE’S dropout rates are inaccurate.

In an interview with PNC, Deputy Superintendent Joe Sanchez says the margin of error is likely very low.

“I think first of all, I don’t think that the point about the student who has graduated or the student who has passed away [included in the roster] –I can’t imagine that being a high number. Those are clearly errors in the system that have to be reported, and if it happens often then that’s something that has to be reported to the administration because  then that means theres a problem in the system,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez explains that teachers input attendance data on a daily basis.

Teachers will verify the attendance, and then from there, the school identifies the students who are “no-shows” or withdrawn.

At that point, the school will send all that information to GDOE.

Sanchez says GDOE even runs a “no-show” list that specifically monitors students who haven’t shown up from the beginning of the school year and compares that data to the school’s list of students.

However, the school’s list is what the teacher alleges is inaccurate.  And because the first line of data stems from the schools directly, what happens if that information doesn’t reflect the true data of the school?

“I would chalk it up to communication,” answers Sanchez. “I think a lot of the concerns that the teachers have brought up are valid concerns because this is what they’re perceiving. This is what they’re experiencing. Now, whether or not this is the intent of the department is not the point right now. This is what the teacher is experiencing and its important for us to address this because the teachers are the ones who meet with the students on a daily basis.”

And as an added measure, Sanchez plans to meet with the principals from high school campuses to ensure that the data is properly inputted.

“We’ve actually sent the [PNC article] to our high school principals and we said please review the article line by line…we just wanted to make sure that in a certain muber of these cases, is this possible? And if it’s possible, can we make sure that this is not happening,” Sanchez said.