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Subchapter 4. Statewide Testing of Pupils and Evaluation Procedures [FNA1] Article 1.8. Inclusion of Alternative Education Program Accountability Results and Middle School Dropouts in the Academic Performance Index (Api)[FNa1] For “vision screening” testing for pupils, see Sections 590-596 Definition of the Dropout Rate for the Purpose of Inclusion in the API.   

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(a) For the purpose of this article, the "Grade Eight Dropout Rate" and the "Grade Nine Dropout Rate" are one year rates equal to the number of dropouts divided by enrollment.

(1) The Grade Eight Dropout Rate for the purpose of inclusion in the API is calculated for each school and local educational agency (LEA) with a grade eight enrollment greater than zero. The school Grade Nine Dropout Rate for the purpose of inclusion in the API is calculated for each school with grade nine as the highest grade offered at the school with a grade nine enrollment greater than zero. The LEA Grade Nine Dropout Rate for the purpose of inclusion in the API is calculated using dropout and enrollment information from only those schools in the LEA with grade nine as the highest grade offered at the school with a grade nine enrollment greater than zero.

(2) The number of dropouts in the school Grade Eight Dropout Rate is equal to the number of grade eight academic year dropouts. The number of dropouts in the school Grade Nine Dropout Rate is equal to the number of grade nine academic year dropouts.

(3) The number of dropouts in the LEA Grade Eight Dropout Rate is equal to the number of grade eight academic year dropouts plus the number of grade eight transition dropouts. The number of dropouts in the LEA Grade Nine Dropout Rate is equal to the number of grade nine academic year dropouts plus the number of grade nine transition dropouts.

(b) A "grade eight academic year dropout" means a pupil who enrolled in grade eight during the academic school year, left school prior to completing the academic school year, and was not enrolled at any school on the first Wednesday in October of the following academic year. A grade eight academic year dropout is attributed to the grade eight school and the LEA in which the pupil was last enrolled.

(c) A "grade eight transition dropout" means a pupil who was enrolled in grade eight at the end of the academic school year, and did not begin attending grade nine or any other grade in any school by the subsequent academic school year up to the first Wednesday in October of the following academic year. A grade eight transition dropout is attributed to the LEA in which the pupil completed grade eight.

(d) A "grade nine academic year dropout" means a pupil who enrolled in grade nine during the academic school year, left school prior to completing the academic school year, and was not enrolled at any school on the first Wednesday in October of the following academic year. A grade nine academic year dropout is attributed to the grade nine school in which the pupil was last enrolled.

(e) A "grade nine transition dropout" means a pupil who was enrolled in grade nine at the end of the academic school year, and did not begin attending grade ten or any other grade in any school by the subsequent academic school year up to the first Wednesday in October of the following academic year. A grade nine transition dropout is attributed to the LEA in which the pupil completed grade nine.

(f) A pupil is not a grade eight academic year dropout, grade eight transition dropout, grade nine academic year dropout, or grade nine transition dropout if he or she meets any of the following conditions by the first Wednesday in October of the academic year following his or her enrollment in grade eight for grade eight academic year dropouts and grade eight transition dropouts or enrollment in grade nine for grade nine academic year dropouts and grade nine transition dropouts:

(1) The pupil transferred to and attended another public or private educational institution leading toward a high school diploma or its equivalent. This does not include adult education programs;

(2) The pupil received a high school diploma or its equivalent (General Educational Development [GED] exam, California High School Proficiency Examination [CHSPE], or adult education high school diploma program);

(3) The pupil transferred to and attended a college offering a baccalaureate or an associate's program;

(4) The pupil moved out of California;

(5) The pupil has a temporary school-recognized absence due to suspension or illness; or

(6) The pupil died.

(g) Enrollment for the purpose of calculating the Grade Eight Dropout Rate is equal to the number of grade eight academic year dropouts plus the number of prospective grade nine pupils. Prospective grade nine pupils include those pupils who have successfully completed grade eight by the end of the academic school year. Enrollment for the purpose of calculating the Grade Nine Dropout Rate is equal to the number of grade nine academic year dropouts plus the number of prospective grade ten pupils. Prospective grade ten pupils include those pupils who have successfully completed grade nine by the end of the academic school year.

(h) For the purposes of this article "academic year" begins July 1 and ends June 30.

Authority cited:

Education Code 33031

Education Code 52052

Reference:

Education Code 37200

Education Code 52052

Education Code 52052.1

(Added by Register 2011, No. 31.)