How do we ensure our IEP continuers are not counted in our graduation rate going forward?
TEA calculates two sets of longitudinal graduation rates for accountability and reporting purposes: state accountability rates (used in the Student Achievement Domain) and federal accountability/reporting rates (used in the Closing the Gaps Domain). IEP continuers are excluded, per state statute, from state accountability rate calculations. Per federal reporting guidelines, IEP continuers are not excluded from the rates calculated for federal accountability/reporting.
For more information on which students are excluded from state accountability and/or federal accountability/reporting rate calculations, please see page 9 and Table 5 of the four-year graduation and dropout rate processing technical documentation on the agency’s website, here: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/dropcomp-4yr-processing-class-2021.pdf.
For more information on the use of various longitudinal graduation rates within the accountability system, please see the most recent Accountability manual: 2023 Accountability Manual | Texas Education Agency.