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ERIC Number: ED581503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
High School Diploma Options That Meet Federal Graduation Rate Calculation Requirements. Education Trends
Zinth, Jennifer
Education Commission of the States
Federal requirements stipulate that states and local education agencies annually calculate and report an Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, disaggregated by student group. The ACGR includes all students who graduate from high school in four years with a regular high school diploma, plus all students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are assessed using an alternate assessment aligned with alternate academic achievement standards. Seven states offer two or more curricular pathways leading to a single diploma, while six states offer two or more diploma options that meet federal requirements. Excluded from the ACGR calculation are students who complete a credential other than the regular high school diploma--such as a general equivalency diploma, certificate of completion, certificate of attendance, a diploma based on meeting Individualized Education Program goals or a diploma that sets requirements below the regular high school diploma. This resource provides details and examples of each of these state approaches.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Florida; Massachusetts; Mississippi; North Dakota; Oklahoma; Texas; California; Colorado; Hawaii; Nevada; North Carolina; Ohio; South Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia; Louisiana; New York; Wisconsin