2003-04 and Beyond
School districts submitting student data through the Individual Student Enrollment System (ISES) in the fall of each school year must select one and only one high school completion credential type for each student who completed high school. These high school credential completion types will be submitted through the ISES for the first time in the fall of 2004. The following information is designed to assist in the description of the choices available.
|REGULAR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA 1||R||1. Any high school diploma granted by a school board that meets the requirements of §118.33 (1) (a), (d), or (g), Stats.
2. Includes students receiving other types of high school completion credentials if they are also granted a high school diploma by a school board meeting the requirements of §118.33 (1) (a), (d), or (g), Stats.
|HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA (HSED)||E||1. Any high school equivalency credential issued by the State Superintendent under §115.29 (4)(a), Stats.,
2. Includes an HSED1 issued to any student who was not granted a diploma by a school board under §118.33(1)(a), (d), or (g), Stats..
|OTHER HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION CREDENTIALS
(Certificate of Attendance, Certificate of Completion, etc.)
|C||1. Any high school completion credential issued by a school board that is not a diploma meeting the requirements of §118.33 (1) (a), (d), or (g), Stats.
2. Includes any high school completion credential issued to any student who was neither granted a diploma by a school board under §118.33(1)(a), (d), or (g), Stats., nor issued a high school equivalency credential by the State Superintendent under §115.29 (4)(a), Stats.
USES: These credential types will be used to determine completion and graduation rates for Wisconsin School Performance Report, ESEA Report Card, and AYP Purposes. The exit date associated with the credential determines the school year school year during which the credential is earned. If the exit date is before the beginning of the school term for school year X+1, then high school completion credential is counted as earned in school year X. This is because some students may earn their credential during summer school.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION CREDENTIALS
- The term "regular high school diploma" means the standard high school diploma that is awarded to students in the State and that is fully aligned with the State's academic content standards or a higher diploma and does not include a General Educational Development (GED) credential, certificate of attendance, or any alternative award. (Federal Regulations - 34 C.F.R. §200.19(b)(1)(iv)),
- Special education students are entitled to FAPE until they are granted a diploma by a school board under s. 118.33 (1)(a), (d), or (g) Wis. Stats. or until they reach the maximum age of eligibility.
- Completion of HSED programs includes GED testing as a last step so students are not expected to exit high school with a GED certificate only. [More]
- Credential Type R should be used for successful GED Option #2 completers because these students are granted regular high school diplomas meeting the requirements of §118.33 (1) (a), (d), or (g), Wis. Stats.
- Pursuant to NCLB, AYP is based on the percent of students who were granted a regular diploma. Only students who received regular diplomas are counted in the numerator of the graduation rate formula.
NOTES ABOUT PUBLIC REPORTING OF HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION RATES
Two type of high school completion rates are calculated: adjusted cohort rates and legacy rates.
- Adjusted Cohort Rates. Title I regulations (see Section 200.19) require states to report four-year adjusted cohort rates, disaggregated by student group, at the school, district, and State levels beginning with 2009-10 four-year rates. Wisconsin also reports extended-year adjusted cohort rates.
- Legacy Rates. Legacy rates are available, disaggregated by student group, at the school, district and State levels for the 1996-97 through 2011-12 school years. Changes occurred in the legacy rate formula in 2003-04 with the implementation of ISES and availability of new data for these rates.
See About the Data - High School Completion for more information including DPI tools and reports containing high school completion data, how high school completion and graduation are defined, how rates are calculated, sources of data, federal and state requirements and more.
LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS, AND GUIDANCE
Wisconsin High School Graduation Standards
- S. 118.33 (1) through (5), Wis. Stats.
- Chapter PI 18
- High School Graduation in Wisconsin (Related Information from the DPI)
High School Equivalency Diplomas
Compulsory School Attendance in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Children at Risk of Not Graduating from High School
Federal Laws, Regulations, and Guidance Re: Graduation
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Sec. 1111) - See (b)(2)(C)(vi) Accountability
- Title I Regulations - See 200.19 Other Academic Indicators
- High School Graduation Rate Non-Regulatory Guidance