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2010-11 APR Glossary-2008-09 API Dropout Report

Glossary terms for the 2008-09 Academic Performance Index (API) Dropout Report. The dropout data included in this report are not part of the 2010 Base API calculation.

The Glossary defines key terms shown on the school, local educational agency (LEA), or state API Dropout Report, a section of the 2010 Base Academic Performance Index Report, which is part of the 2010–11 Accountability Progress Reporting System. Terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear on this section of the 2010 Base API Report.

State Accountability: Dropout Report

California Education Code (EC) Section 52052.1 (Added by Senate Bill [SB] 219, Stats. of 2007, c. 731) requires the inclusion of grade eight and grade nine dropout rates in the Academic Performance Index (API). Grade eight and grade nine dropouts are planned for inclusion in the calculation of the API beginning with the 2011 Base API which will be released in spring of 2012.

The California Department of Education has created the 2008–09 API Dropout Report to provide local administrators the opportunity to view dropout data prior to the inclusion of grade eight and grade nine dropouts in the API for accountability purposes. The dropout data included in this report are for the 2008–09 academic year. These data have already been collected and may not be corrected. These data are not included in the 2010 Base API calculation and are provided for informational purposes only. The 2008–09 API Dropout Report includes two one-year dropout rates at the school, LEA, and state levels: a grade eight dropout rate and a grade nine dropout rate.

Grade Eight Dropout

The grade eight dropout rate is calculated for each school and LEA with grade eight enrollment and is defined as the number of dropouts divided by enrollment. The number of dropouts in the school-level grade eight dropout rate is equal to the number of grade eight academic year dropouts. The number of dropouts in the LEA and state-level grade eight dropout rates is equal to the number of grade eight academic year dropouts plus grade eight transition dropouts.

Enrollment used to calculate the grade eight dropout rate (i.e., the denominator) is equal to the number of grade eight academic year dropouts plus the number of prospective grade nine students. Prospective grade nine students are those students who successfully completed grade eight.

Grade Nine Prospective Students

A prospective grade nine student is a student who is enrolled in grade eight at the end of the academic year.

Grade Eight Academic Year Dropouts

A grade eight academic year dropout means a student who:

These dropouts are attributed to the grade eight school and LEA in which the student was last enrolled in grade eight.

The total number of grade eight academic year dropouts may or may not equal the number of reported dropouts for grade eight on the DataQuest dropout report published by the Educational Demographics Office. Grade eight academic year dropouts include "Reported Grade 8 Dropouts" on the DataQuest dropout report and lost transfers (i.e., students that are reported as transferring to another California public school and do not subsequently enroll in another California public school).

Grade Eight Transition Dropouts

This item is for the LEA and state reports only. A grade eight transition dropout means a student who:

These dropouts are attributed to the grade eight LEA in which the student completed grade eight.

Grade Eight Total Dropouts

For the school report, this item is equal to the sum of grade eight academic year dropouts. (Grade eight academic year dropouts include reported dropouts and lost transfers.)

For the LEA and state report, this item is equal to the sum of grade eight academic year dropouts plus grade eight transition dropouts

Dropout Rate

The dropout rate is based on the 2008–09 data. The school dropout formula is: (Academic Year Dropouts/Academic Year Dropouts + Prospective Students) * 100.

The LEA and state dropout formula is: (Academic Year Dropouts + Transition Dropouts/Academic Year Dropouts + Prospective Student) * 100

Grade Nine Dropout

The grade nine dropout rate is calculated for each school and LEA with grade nine enrollment and grade nine as the highest grade offered. The grade nine dropout rate is defined as the number of dropouts divided by enrollment. The number of dropouts in the school-level grade nine dropout rate is equal to the number of grade nine academic year dropouts. The number of dropouts in the LEA and state-level grade nine dropout rate is equal to the number of grade nine academic year dropouts plus grade nine transition dropouts.

Enrollment used to calculate the grade nine dropout rate (i.e., the denominator) is equal to the number of grade nine academic year dropouts plus the number of prospective grade ten students. Prospective grade ten students are those students who successfully completed grade nine.

Grade Ten Prospective Students

A prospective grade ten student is a student who is enrolled in grade nine at the end of the academic year.

Grade Nine Academic Year Dropouts

A grade nine academic year dropout means a student who:

These dropouts are attributed to the grade nine school and LEA in which the student was last enrolled in grade nine.

The total number of grade nine academic year dropouts may or may not equal the number of reported dropouts as reported for grade nine on the DataQuest dropout report published by the Educational Demographics Office. Grade nine academic year dropouts include "Reported Grade 9 Dropouts" on the DataQuest dropout report and lost transfers (i.e., students that are reported as transferring to another California public school and do not subsequently enroll in another California public school).

Grade Nine Transition Dropouts

This item is for LEA and state reports only. A grade nine transition dropout means a student who:

These dropouts are attributed to the grade nine LEA in which the student completed grade nine.

Grade Nine Total Dropouts

For the school report, this item is equal to the sum of grade nine academic year dropouts. (Grade nine academic year dropouts include reported dropouts and lost transfers.)

For the LEA and state report, this item is equal to the sum of grade nine academic year dropouts plus grade nine transition dropouts.

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