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From the ECS State Policy Database
High School--Dropout Rates/Graduation Rates


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State Status/Date Level Summary
ALSigned into law 04/2014P-12Classification of Student Who Enrolls in Online School
H.B. 191
Requires any child who withdraws from a public school to enroll in and attend an accredited online school to be counted as a transfer student; and to require grade placement testing for any student who later returns to a public school. http://alisondb.legislat...

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MSSigned into law 04/2013P-12Improvement Plans Required for Underperforming High Schools
S.B. 2658 - Section 2
S.B. 2658 Section 2 expands high school graduation requirements to require district school boards to report by school, information on graduation rates. Directs high schools with graduation rates lower than 80% to submit a plan to the department of education t...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Revising Academic Performance Index (API)
S.B. 1458
From bill summary: Authorizes the superintendent of public instruction to develop and implement a specified program of school quality review to complement the Academic Performance Index (API), if an appropriation for this purpose is made in the annual budget a...

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CAVetoed 09/2012P-12Inclusion of Pupil Only Once in Dropout Data
S.B. 1497
From bill summary: Prohibits California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) from including an individual pupil in dropout rate data more than one time, and prohibits the inclusion of a pupil more than once in the dropout rates indicated in the...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Accountability, Dropout Recovery High Schools
A.B. 1668
From bill summary: Changes the definition of a dropout recovery high school to mean a school offering instruction in any of grades 9-12 in which 50% or more of pupils are either designated as dropouts or left a school and were not otherwise enrolled in a schoo...

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LAAdopted 06/2012P-12Graduation Rate Calculations and Goal
LAC 28:LXXXIII.601, 613, and 2403
Clarifies that graduation index provisions only apply to schools with 10 or more students in a cohort. Makes methodology for calculating the cohort graduation rate adjustment factor that was to go into effect in 2014 effective for 2013. Removes provision incre...

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OHAdopted 02/2012P-12Graduation Rate Changes to the State Accountability System
S.C.R. 11
Approves the Ohio Department of Education's proposed changes to the state accountability system to incorporate four-year and five-year adjusted cohort graduation rates, a graduation rate goal and annual graduation rate targets (prior statute requires modificat...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Permission to Take GED
H.B. 153 - Permission to Take GED
Requires a person who is at least 16 but under the age of 19 who is applying to the department to take the tests of general education development to submit with the application written approval from the superintendent of the school district in which the person...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Dropout Recovery Pilot Program
H.B. 822
Requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to implement a three-year Dropout Recovery Pilot Program in New Hanover County Schools and three other local school districts selected by the SBE. Provides that the purpose of the pilot program is to reengage student...

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SCSigned into law 06/2011P-12
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Extends the Implementation Date of Personal Pathways to Success
H.B. 3748
Extends the date by which the Education and Economic Development Act, now called Personal Pathways to Success, must be implemented fully (the primary goals of Personal Pathways to Success are to increase high school completion rates, better prepare students fo...

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FLSigned into law 05/2011Postsec.Postsecondary Education Funding
S.B. 2150
From Legislative Budget Committee Summary:

Coenrollment in Public Schools and Adult Education Programs
Prohibits funding for coenrollment in public schools and adult general education programs, except that for the 2011-2012 fiscal year students may enroll i...

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INSigned into law 05/2011P-12Graduation Rate Study Committee
S.B. 85
Creates the education issues study committee to study the causes of low graduation rates in Indiana high schools and to identify and highlight certain ways of improving graduation rates. Effective 07/01/2011
http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2011/SE/SE0085.1...

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OKSigned into law 05/2011P-12Graduation Rates
S.B. 2
Instructs the state board to adopt a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate and extended-year adjusted cohort graduation rate to establish a uniform definition of high school graduation rate. Requires the state board to adopt percentage growth targets for h...

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MDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Task Force to Study High School Dropout Rates of Persons in the Criminal Justice System
S.B. 755
Establishes the Task Force to Study High School Dropout Rates of Persons in the Criminal Justice System. Requires the task force to study high school dropout statistics of specified persons in the criminal justice system, obtain specified data, and make recomm...

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WASigned into law 05/2011P-12Establishing the Pay for Actual Student Success Dropout Prevention Program.
H.B. 1599
Creates the pay for actual student success program to invest in proven dropout prevention and intervention programs and to provide a financial award for high schools that demonstrate improvement in certain dropout prevention indicators. Gives certain responsib...

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WVSigned into law 05/2011P-12Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zone Act
S.B. 228
Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zone Act:
Creates the Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zone Act to: (1) Provide for the establishment of Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zones to incre...

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LAAdopted 03/2011P-12Dropout Prevention and Recovery
LAC 28:CXV.1118
Revisions to Bulletin 741 changes the percent of cohort graduation rate from 70 to 80%. Additionally, the policy requires districts to 'post the four-year cohort graduation rate for each high school in the system and for the system as a whole on its Internet w...

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AKAdopted 01/2011P-12Assessment/Academic Indicators, Report Card to the Public and Definitions
4 AAC 06.825, 895, 899
Revises various provisions regarding the other academic indicator, including graduation rate, for school, district and state accountability. Repeals provision allowing target to be met by "any" improvement with provisions requiring differential improvement on ...

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PAVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 11/2010P-12Section on Collection of Dropout Data
H.B. 101
Requires the state department to publish dropout and graduation rate data on its website by December 1st of each year and to provide the report to the legislative Education Committees. Minimum requirements include dropout and graduation rates for specific clas...

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CAVetoed 08/2010P-12Determining Graduation Rates in Lowest-Achieving Schools
A.B. 2083
Existing law provides that persistently lowest-achieving schools include a high school with a graduation rate below 60% in each of the last three years. New provision provides that, until data become available to enable the calculation of this graduation rate,...

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NCSigned into law 07/2010P-12Improving Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate
S.B. 1246 - Improving Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate
Prior to the 2010-11 school year, directs the state board to:
(1) Develop a growth model establishing annual improvement goals in the four-year cohort graduation rate by local school administrative units.
(2) Establish as a short-term goal that local school ad...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010P-12On-line Credit Recovery Program
S.B. 438 - Sec. 28
Requires schools with a dropout rate of 8% or higher to establish an on-line credit recovery program to help students earn needed credits. Such program must allow those students who are identified by certified personnel as in danger of failing to graduate to c...

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MESigned into law 04/2010P-12Establishes Statewide Graduation Rate Goal
S.B. 623
Establishes the state goal of achieving an average statewide secondary school graduation rate of 90% by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. The State Board of Education is required to provisionally adopt major substantive rules specifying the methodology to ...

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TNSigned into law 03/2010P-12Counting Dropouts
H.B. 3148
From the fiscal note: Requires local education agencies (LEAs) to document student withdrawals and transfers to another school, system, or state through the best possible means and where possible, a permanent record detailing the transfer be kept. Prohibits th...

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NMSigned into law 03/2010P-12High School Graduation Data
H.B. 69
Requires the Public Education Department, school districts and charter schools to report cohort graduation data; relates to a cohort group of students who enter grade nine for the first time at the same time, plus those students who transfer into the group in ...

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RISigned into law 11/2009P-12Formula for Calculating On-Time Graduation
S.B. 728
Requires adoption and implementation of a formula to calculate information about on-time graduation from students in public high schools in the state. (Public Law No. 2009-204) http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/PublicLaws/law09/law09204.htm...

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CASigned into law 10/2009P-12Five- and Six-Year Graduation Rates
S.B. 509 - Five- and Six-Year Graduation Rates
Includes 5- and 6-year graduation rates in the indicators reported to the department for purposes of calculating a school's Academic Performance Index (API). Specifies a formula to calculate these rates, and provides that schools receive partial credit in thei...

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TNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Determination of Who is a Dropout
S.B. 2030
Requires the department of education to explore with the Tennessee congressional delegation and the United States department of education modification of No Child Left Behind determination of who is a dropout for students who receive a GED and pass appropriate...

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MASigned into law 08/2008P-12Dropout Prevention
S.B. 2766
Improves dropout prevention and reporting of graduation rates; requires providing public school districts with a standardized format for the accurate reporting of graduation and dropout data to facilitate the implementation of a longitudinal data collection sy...

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VASigned into law 03/2008P-12Documentation of Enrollment or Other Status
H.B. 259
Requires a local school division to obtain written or electronic documentation, to the extent practicable, before making any status classification in an information management system.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?081+ful+CHAP0422...

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LAAdopted 12/2007P-12School, District and State Accountability System
LAC 28:LXXXIII.301, 517, 613, 707, 709, 903, 1301, 1601-1609, 1901,2101, 2301, 2401, 2501-2505, 2701- 2721, 3301-3303, 3503, 3507, 3701, and 3905.
Amends rules concerning Bulletin 111 - The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System. Sets the target graduation rate for schools at 65%. Separates the current School Improvement set of labels and remedies into two separate sets: (1) the "Aca...

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TNSigned into law 06/2007P-12Information on High School Graduation Rates
H.B. 1531
Amends Section 49-1-211(a). Provides that the Commissioner of Education shall include in his annual report information pertaining to overall high school graduation rates organized by high schools and local school systems and high school graduation rates also o...

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INSigned into law 05/2007P-12
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21st Century Scholars Program Expansion, Graduation
H.B. 1647
Expands eligibility for the 21st Century Scholars program to grade 7 students, and beginning with the 2008-09 school year, to grade 6 students. Provides that an individual must be at least 18 or have withdrawn from school to receive a GED diploma. Modifies the...

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MSAdopted 05/2007P-12Annual Report on Graduation and Dropout Counts
Board Policy
Revises rules concerning the calculation of graduation, completion and dropout counts and rates in annual reports on grades 7 through 12.
http://board.mde.k12.ms.us/May_2007/May_18_2007_Friday.htm...

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VAPassed 02/2007P-12High School Dropout & Graduation Rates Study
S.J. 329
This joint resolution of the legislature requests the Board of Education to study high school dropout and graduation rates in the Commonwealth. In conducting its study, the Board of Education shall (i) evaluate the relevancy of the current process and procedur...

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MSAdopted 02/2007P-12Dropout Prevention Program
Uncodified
Amends rules concerning the dropout prevention program. Implements a plan to increase the graduation rate to 85% by 2018-19, reduce the dropout rate by 50% by 2012-13, and reduce the statewide truancy rate by 50% by 2012-13.
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/board_agen...

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CASigned into law 09/2006P-12Calculation of Graduation Rates
A.B. 2167
Establishes the specific calculation for graduation rates to be included within the Academic Performance Index. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide a report on the graduation and dropout rates in the state and to make the report availa...

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LAAdopted 08/2006P-12School, District and State Accountability System
LAC 28:LXXXIII.Chapter 45
Designed to address the impact of natural disasters on schools/districts ability to meet the objectives of the accountability system. Creates one-year waiver from accountability for "severe impact" schools and districts, as defined in rule. Also establishes pr...

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LAAdopted 06/2006P-12Accountability System
LAC 28:LXXXIII.Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 17, 21, 24, 35, 41,43, and 45
Full text of language on pages 8-20 of 62: http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/reg/0606/0606RUL.pdf

Changes define/outline/clarify the following:
--school performance score goals (page 8-10 of 62);
--calculating the SPS (School Performance Scores) component (p...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12High School
S.B. 2272 - Section 1-4
Directs school districts and nonpublic accredited schools to report graduation rates using the definition of graduation rate specified by the National Governors Association (NGA). Also directs districts and accredited nonpublic schools to report the following:...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12
Community College
Reporting GED Students
S.B. 2272 - Section 8
Requires board of directors of each community college to request that a student pursuing or receiving a high school equivalency diploma provide to the community college the student's school district of residence and the last year the student was enrolled in th...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12School Report Cards- High School Data
H.B. 7087 (Section 11)
School districts and boards must provide information regarding performance of students and educational programs as required pursuant to ss. 1008.22 and 1008.385 and implement a system of school reports as required by statute and State Board of Education rule.T...

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MDSigned into law 04/2006P-12High School Graduation Rate Data
H.B. 71; S.B. 59
Requires county boards of education to collect, maintain, and analyze certain graduation rates using certain formulas by certain dates; requires county boards to report certain information to the public and to the State Department of Education in a certain for...

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VASigned into law 03/2006P-12Collecting, Analyzing and Reporting Graduation, Dropout Data
H.B. 19
Directs the Board of Education to collect, analyze, and report high school graduation and drop out data using a formula prescribed by the Board. The measure contains a delayed enactment clause providing that the amendments to 22.1-253.13:4 will take effect ...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12Pupil Counts
S.B. 173
Requires each school corporation (district) to conduct an informational count on May 1, 2007, May 1, 2008, and May 1, 2009 -- in the same manner and with the same standards as eligible pupils are counted to determine current ADM. The department must report the...

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MSSigned into law 03/2006P-12Education Reform Act of 2006
S.B. 2602
Enacts the Education Reform Act of 2006. Section 6 creates the office of dropout prevention within the state department of education. Requires each district to implement a dropout prevention program by the 2008-09 school year. Section 13 establishes the Lifelo...

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ILAdopted 11/2005P-12
23 IAC 1.10, thru .70, .75, .80,
.85, .90, .95,
Makes changes in the accountability system for public schools. Changes the requirement for adequate yearly progress and the indicators that will be considered; the targets for each aspect of performance; the subgroups of students, their participation in state ...

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CASigned into law 10/2005P-12High School Attrition Data
H.B. 1496
An act to add Section 33318.5 to the Education Code, relating to pupils. - High school attrition rates. This bill would require the department to compile an attrition rate, in addition to the dropout rate the department compiles pursuant to the federal No Chil...

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NCSigned into law 08/2005P-12Study Ways to Reduce Dropout Rate
S.B. 408
Directs the State Board of Education to identify research-based methods to reduce the dropout rate, especially in high-poverty schools with diverse student populations. As part of its study, the State Board shall review the research for best practices, effect...

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COSigned into law 06/2005P-12Accreditation Indicators and Dropout/Graduation Rates
S.B. 91
Standardizes the calculation of graduation rates and dropout rates that are required to be reported by school districts for accreditation. Standardizes and requires the reporting of continuing education rates and mobility rates by school districts for accredit...

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SCSigned into law 05/2005P-12
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Community College
South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act
H.B. 3155
Adds a new chapter (59) establishing the South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act. Provides for the development of a curriculum organized around a career cluster system that must provide students with both strong academics and real-world problem s...

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WARule Adoption 05/2005P-12Graduation Rate Performance Improvement Goals
WAC 3-20-390
Amends rules to require school districts and schools to set high school graduation rate improvement goals and to align these goals with requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. WASHINGTON REG 24131 (SN)...

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COSigned into law 04/2005P-12High School Dropout Parental Notice
S.B. 164
Requires districts to provide written notification to parents of a high school dropout who is not subject to compulsory education laws. States that the notice should have the goal of attempting to return the student to school and of conveying ot the student's ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Procedures for Conducting the School Enrollment Census
S.B. 1044 (section 18)
Modifies procedures for conducting the school enrollment census. Requires school census to reflect students transferring into or out of the school from October 1 to September 30th of the following school year, rather than from October 1 to the end of the same...

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TXSigned into law 06/1999P-12Accreditation and Accountability
H.B. 3 - Section 59 - Part I
Makes former Section 39.071 new Section 39.051, and repeals portions of existing 39.051, "Academic Excellence Indicators." Provides that in determining a district's accreditation status, the commissioner must evaluate performance on the student achievement ind...

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