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Attachment 3: Cohort Grad Rate Calculation Changes

This document is Attachment 3 of 3 attachments to the Notification and Guidance Regarding Changes to the Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation letter sent to CALPADS Administrators and Accountability Coordinators on April 16, 2018.

Summary of Changes to CALPADS School Completion Status Codes

School Completion Status Code Name Definition Old Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate Rule Changes
100 Graduated, standard HS diploma The student withdrew from/left school after meeting all state and local high school graduation requirements and the district/school has acceptable documentation that the student received a “regular high school diploma” equivalent to the standard high school diploma awarded to the preponderance of students in the State that is fully aligned with the State’s standards and does not include a general equivalency diploma, certificate of completion, certificate of attendance, or any other similar or lesser credential, such as a diploma based on meeting Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, OR as specified in California Education Code (EC) section 51225.1, a student in foster care, a student who is homeless, or a former juvenile court school student who transfers between schools any time after the completion of the pupil’s second year of high school, completes all requirements specified in EC Section 51225.3. The exit date must align with the date the student completed the graduation requirements and was awarded a “regular high school diploma." Student is counted as a graduate.

Definition updated and expanded.

No rule changes.
104 Completed all local and state graduation requirements, failed CAHSEE A student who was required to take the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) left school after meeting all other state and local high school graduation requirements, but without passing the CAHSEE. The student did not receive a standard high school diploma and there is no evidence that the student is in an academic program leading toward a high school diploma or its equivalent. Student is counted as a graduate because the CAHSEE was last administered in 2014–15 and is no longer a California high school graduation requirement.

Minor edits to definition.

No rule changes.

106 Grad, CAHSEE mods & waiver The student met all state and local graduation requirements, passing the CAHSEE with a modified passing score and obtained a waiver under EC 60851(c)(1)). EC 60851(c)(1) waives the requirement to successfully pass the exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school special education students. Student is counted as a graduate because the CAHSEE was last administered in 2014–15 and is no longer a California high school graduation requirement.

Minor edits to definition.

No rule changes.

108 Grad, CAHSEE exempt 108 - Grad, CAHSEE Exemption: The student left school after meeting all state and local high school graduation requirements by obtaining an exemption from passing the CAHSEE per EC 60852.3(a). EC 60852.3(a) states: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, commencing with the 2009-10 school year, an eligible pupil with a disability is not required to pass the high school exit examination established pursuant to EC Section 60850 as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or as a condition of graduation from high school. Student is counted as a graduate because the CAHSEE was last administered in 2014–15 and is no longer a California high school graduation requirement. No changes.
120 Special Education certificate of completion A student with exceptional needs (having an IEP) left school after receiving a certificate or document of educational achievement or completion meeting the requirements of EC Section 56390. Student is counted as a non-graduate completer. No changes.
250 Adult Ed High School Diploma The student withdrew from/left school to enroll in an Adult Education Program and the district/school has acceptable documentation that the student received an adult basic education high school diploma through an adult basic education program. The exit date must align with the date the student completed the requirements. Student is counted as a graduate.

Definition updated.

Student is counted as a non-graduate completer.
320 Received a High School Equivalency Certificate (and no standard HS diploma) The student withdrew from/left school and the district has acceptable documentation that the student received a High School Equivalency Certificate by passing one or more of the following exams: the General Educational Development (GED) exam, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam, or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSet). Student is counted as a non-graduate completer.

Definition updated.

No rule changes.
330 Passed CHSPE (and no standard HS diploma) Student left after passing the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), and the district has acceptable documentation. Student is counted as a graduate. No changes.
360 Completed grade 12 without completing graduation requirements, not grad Student completed grade 12 or exceeded the maximum age for high school attendance but did not meet the state and/or local high school graduation requirements, and there is no evidence that the student is in an academic program leading toward a high school diploma or its equivalent. This does not include students who did not graduate because of failure to pass the CAHSEE. Student is counted as a dropout. No changes.
480 Promoted (matriculated) The student completed the highest grade level offeredat a school (excluding high school completion), left the school, and was expected to attend another California public school. Student is counted as transfer and the student is removed from the district/school cohort. If the student fails to enroll in another California public school, the student is counted as a dropout at the state-level. No changes.
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Last Reviewed: Friday, April 20, 2018
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