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Numerator

Number of students, aged 14 – 21, served under IDEA, Part B, who graduated with a diploma

Denominator

Number of students, aged 14 – 21, served under IDEA (DAC), Part B, who exited school because they graduated with a regular high school diploma, received a certificate, reached maximum age, or dropped out

Methodology

To determine the denominator, the following categories of students were not counted in the total: Students who transferred to regular education, students who moved and were known to be continuing, and students who died. The following categories were included in the denominator: Students who graduated with a diploma, students who received a certificate, students who reached maximum age, and students who dropped out.

A certificate is a document that students who leave school can be issued if they did not meet the same standards for graduation as students without disabilities. Examples of certificates include a modified diploma, a certificate of completion, and an alternate degree that is not fully aligned with the State’s educational standards.

Caveats

Data are reported by state and subject to differences in reporting and educational policies across states. For race and ethnicity data, children can only be reported in one race/ethnicity category. For data on limited English proficiency, children are reported based on the definition of limited English proficiency under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 U.S.C. Section 7801(A)(25). See Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data site for information on the data, including definitions of race/ethnicity categories, limited English proficiency, and people with disabilities.