This data element existed in ISES but is still under discussion and not officially a data element for WISEdata yet.
A dropout is a student who discontinued school enrollment without obtaining a high school completion credential. A Possible Full-Term Dropout is a student who completed the school term associated with a record in the most recent previous WISEdata collection but who is not known to be continuing in the next school term.
Records for these students from the previous collection are identified by WISEdata and added to the current collection, so affected districts have an opportunity to update exit information from the previous collection in the current collection. Data that might be updated if conditions are met include certain Exit Types, expected transfer districts or schools, and Expected Transfer Response. Also, the OPTIONAL field can be updated.
|Yes (Y)||Record identified as a dropout/possible full-term dropout|
|No (N)||Record is not a dropout/possible full-term dropout|
|Unknown (O)||Record status is unknown; associated WISEid record no longer exists.|
USES: Dropout/possible full-term dropout is used to determine dropouts, dropout rates, and IDEA exit categories.
FAQs, Details, and Points to Note
- Modifications to Dropout Field: Only modifications relating to possible dropout status can be made to the Possible Full-Term Dropout record because other data included in the record are final and have been used for public reporting purposes. For example, any changes made in WISEid demographic data (gender, race/ethnicity, and birth date) since the close of the previous WISEdata collection will not be reflected in the Possible Full-Term Dropout record.
- Nancy Molfenter.
The "other dropouts and possible dropouts" exit type includes transfers to adult education programs, GED transfers, and certain expelled students. Access to GED programs through school districts is provided through HSED programs (§118.15 contracts). Students who exit high school to pursue a GED or exit high school prior to successful completion of HSED programs are counted as "other dropouts or possible dropouts." 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. For more information, contact Alternative Education Consultant,
- Permanently expelled students who are not receiving services and expelled students who fail to return when eligible are counted the same way as all other exited students not receiving services, i.e., as dropouts.
- Students for whom the district has been notified of intent to home school prior to the October 15th Home-Based Private Educational Program Registration form (PI-1206) deadline but the PI 1206 has not yet been received by DPI.