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Information on the Grad Rate Additional Report

Details and commonly asked questions regarding the 2021 Graduation Rate Additional Report.

About the Report

The 2021 Graduation Rate Additional Report reflects the following graduation rate data:

  • For comprehensive high schools (i.e., high schools not identified as Dashboard Alternative School Status [DASS] schools), the combined four- and five-year graduation rate data for 2020–21 are reported. The combined graduation rate includes only those students who graduated in four or five-years with a traditional high school diploma:

    • Fourth-year graduates from the Class of 2021
    • Fifth-year graduates from the Class of 2020 who graduated in their fifth year at the end of 2021.

  • For DASS Schools, the report reflects the DASS graduation rate for students who graduated at the end of 2021.

  • For local educational agencies (LEAs) that have both comprehensive and DASS schools, the graduation rate is based on both the combined four- and five-year graduation rate and the DASS graduation rate.

    • LEAs with only comprehensive high schools will have a graduation rate based on the combined graduation rate.
    • County offices with only DASS schools have a graduation rate based on the DASS graduation rate.

For more details, refer to the “Read more about this report” accordion menu on the Graduation Rate Additional Report.

Questions and Answers

Will the data on the Graduation Rate Additional Report be reported on the 2021 Dashboard?

No. Assembly Bill 130 prohibits the California Department of Education (CDE) from reporting state indicators on the 2021 Dashboard. Therefore, the data within the Graduation Rate Additional Report will not appear on the 2021 Dashboard.

Will the 2021 Graduation Rate Additional Report display any Change data or performance colors?

No. The 2021 Graduation Rate Additional Report reflects only the 2020–21 data collected in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). It does not report the differences from prior year (Change) or performance colors.

Are there any changes to the graduation rate rules from last year?

No. The 2021 combined four- and five-year graduation rates and DASS graduation rates were calculated using existing rules.

Note that beginning last year with the 2020 reporting, the district of residence rule was applied to the graduation rate at the LEA-level. The “district of residence” is also known as the “District of Special Education Accountability” (DSEA) in California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and is applicable only to students with disabilities (SWD). For more information on this rule, refer to the California Department of Education (CDE) Changes to the District of Residence Rule for Students with Disabilities flyer (PDF).

The 2021 Dashboard Reference Guide is available. Will there also be a 2021 Dashboard Technical Guide?

No. A 2021 Dashboard Technical Guide will not be released. To access the full business rules used to process graduation rates for 2021, please refer to the 2019 California School Dashboard Technical Guide (PDF).

With the absence of state indicator data on the Dashboard for two consecutive years, the 2021 Dashboard Reference Guide was developed to assist LEAs locate where they can access available state and local data that is associated with each state indicator.

There are data errors in my graduation rate data. Can I still make the corrections in California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) so that these errors can be fixed?

No. The amendment window to make any adjustments to the data closed on August 30, 2021. The data reflected in the Graduation Rate Additional Report is final.

Are the graduation rates the only data that are being released this year?

No. Suspension rates, expulsion rates, chronic absenteeism rates, absenteeism by reason reports, four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates and outcomes, five-year adjusted cohort graduation rates and outcomes, and stability rates are some of the 2020-21 data that will be made available on DataQuest. The California Department of Education (CDE) will also release the College/Career Additional Report in February 2022, which will provide data on some of the measures included in the College/Career Indicator (CCI).

Will state indicators be reported on the 2022 Dashboard?

It is anticipated that state indicators, except for the College/Career Indicator (CCI), will be displayed on the 2022 Dashboard. The data will display Status only based on data from the 2021–22 school year. Change and performance colors will not be reported.
Because the 2021 Smarter Balanced Assessments will not be used for accountability, these assessments cannot be used as a measure in the CCI for the Class of 2022. Therefore, the CCI will not be reported on the 2022 Dashboard. Only Status may be reported for the CCI in 2023, and a performance color may be produced in 2024.

Were the graduation rates published in the 2021 Graduation Rate Additional Report used to determine Comprehensive Support and Intervention (CSI) Low - Graduation Rate exits?

Yes. To get more information, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) CSI Low – Graduation Rate FAQs web page.

Questions: Academic Accountability Team | aau@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Friday, January 7, 2022
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