Reprinted

January 16, 2004





SENATE BILL No. 191

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DIGEST OF SB 191 (Updated January 15, 2004 3:05 pm - DI 109)



Citations Affected: IC 20-8.1.

Synopsis: Graduation rate determination. Specifies certain additional groups of students who are not included in determining a school's graduation rate.

Effective: July 1, 2004.





Lubbers




    January 6, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.
    January 8, 2004, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
    January 15, 2004, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.





Reprinted

January 16, 2004

Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)


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SENATE BILL No. 191



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 20-8.1-15-10, AS ADDED BY P.L.81-2003, SECTION 5, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 10. The graduation rate for a cohort in a high school is the percentage determined under STEP SEVEN of the following formula:
        STEP ONE: Determine the grade 9 enrollment at the beginning of the reporting year three (3) years before the reporting year for which the graduation rate is being determined.
        STEP TWO: Add:
            (A) the number determined under STEP ONE; and
            (B) the number of students who:
                (i) have enrolled in the high school after the date on which the number determined under STEP ONE was determined; and
                (ii) have the same expected graduation year as the cohort.
        STEP THREE: Add:
            (A) the sum determined under STEP TWO; and


            (B) the number of retained students from earlier cohorts who became members of the cohort for whom the graduation rate is being determined.
        STEP FOUR: Add:
            (A) the sum determined under STEP THREE; and
            (B) the number of students who:
                (i) began the reporting year in a cohort that expects to graduate during a future reporting year; and
                (ii) graduate during the current reporting year.
        STEP FIVE: Subtract from the sum determined under STEP FOUR the number of students who have left the cohort for any of the following reasons:
            (A) Transfer to another public or nonpublic school.
            (B) Removal by the student's parents under IC 20-8.1-3-34 to provide instruction equivalent to that given in the public schools.
            (C) Withdrawal because of a long term medical condition or death.
            (D) Detention by a law enforcement agency or the department of correction.
            (E) Placement by a court order or the division of family and children.
            (F) Enrollment in a virtual school.
            (G) Graduation before the beginning of the reporting year.
            (H) Students who have left school and whose location cannot be determined. attended school in Indiana for less than one (1) school year and who cannot be located.
            (I) Students who cannot be located and have been reported to the Indiana clearinghouse for information on missing children.
            (J) In instances where students have left the school, are not included in (A) through (I) above and their location is unknown to the school, the principal shall send a certified letter to the last known address of the student. If the certified letter fails to locate the student or if no response is received, the principal may submit the student's information including last known address, parent or guardian name, student testing number and other pertinent data to the State Attendance Officer. The State Attendance Officer, using all available state data and any other means available, shall attempt to locate the student and report the student's location and school enrollment

status to the principal so that the principal can appropriately send student records to the new school or otherwise document the student's status.
        STEP SIX: Determine the total number of students who have graduated during the current reporting year.
        STEP SEVEN: Divide:
            (A) the number determined under STEP SIX; by
            (B) the remainder determined under STEP FIVE.