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WI State Performance Plan (SPP), Indicator #2

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Drop-Out Rates


Indicator 2: Percent of youth with IEPs dropping out of high school. For current information regarding this indicator please review the APR.

A dropout is defined as a student who was enrolled in school at some time during the previous school year, was not enrolled at the reporting time of the current school year (third Friday in September), has not graduated from high school or completed a state- or district-approved educational program, and does not meet any of the following exclusionary conditions:
transfer to another school district, private school, or state- or district-approved educational program;
temporary absence due to expulsion, suspension, or school-excused illness;

Students who complete the spring semester of the previous school year but are not enrolled by the third Friday in September of the current school year are considered summer dropouts or "no shows." Summer dropouts are not counted as dropouts for the previous year. A dropout would be counted for the current school year if the student is not re-enrolled by the count date of the following school year.

The dropout rate is calculated as the number of dropouts in grades 7-12 who drop out of school during the given year, divided by the number of students expected to complete the school term in those grades. The dropout gap between students with disabilities and all students has consistently been less than 1%. Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the department has set a target dropout rate for all students of 0% by the 2013-2014 school year.

Wisconsin has developed an Integrated Monitoring System (IMS) to improve outcomes for children with disabilities in Wisconsin while ensuring continued procedural compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Reducing the dropout rates for students with disabilities will positively impact the gap in graduation rates between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. Improvement activities are targeted at continuing to decrease the dropout rate for students with disabilities.

Data - District Profiles


Major Goals

  1. Decrease the dropout rate for students with disabilities.
  2. Decrease the gap in graduation rates between students with disabilities and students without disabilities.

Primary Objectives

  • Promote development of positive school climates.
  • Promote development of district policies and procedures that eliminate barriers to graduation for students with disabilities.
  • Assist districts in understanding the relationship among qualified staff, adequate resources, and student achievement.
  • Identify multiple options for student learning and school success.

School Improvement Review Checklists

These checklists are tools to help school districts determine if they have policies in place in each area for students with disabilities that impact student engagement and eventual graduation. By completing the checklists and documenting the source and location of related documents, the district is in a position to address any areas not covered that may be negatively impacting their students with disabilities.

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