From the Daily News:
The state controller ripped the city for downplaying the school dropout rate in an audit released Tuesday.
The city's rate was actually as high as 16.5% for general education students in the class of 2008 - three points higher than the city reported, the audit found.
The dropout rate for special education students was as high as 23.8%, while the city reported a 17.2% dropout rate.
"The city school system needs to sharpen its pencils when it comes to knowing which kids are dropping out and which kids are transferring to another school," said state Controller DiNapoli in a statement.
"(The education department) should be doing its homework and making sure the right papers are turned in to back up the reasons why students are leaving school."
The audit also found that the city's graduation rate was lower than reported. For general education students, it was as low as 62.9%, versus the 65.5% graduation rate reported that year.