Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
To determine the denominator, the following categories of students were not counted in the total: students who transferred to regular education and students who moved and were known to be continuing. The following categories were included in the denominator: students who graduated with a diploma, students who received a certificate, students who reached maximum age, students who dropped out, and students who died.
A certificate is a document that students who leave school can be issued if they did not meet the same standards for graduation as students without disabilities. Examples of certificates include a modified diploma, a certificate of completion, and an alternate degree that is not fully aligned with the State’s educational standards.
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.
This objective was revised in 2013 due to a change in programming. Students who died were added to the denominator to better align with how the Department of Education reports the measure. Also, the orginal baseline included data for 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and outlying territories, while the revised baseline includes data for 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico. The original baseline was revised from 59.3 to 59.1 percent as a result of these changes. The target was adjusted from 65.2 to 65.0 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.
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