SENATE BILL No. 571
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 20-12-13-6; IC 20-12-75-14; IC 20-19-2-20;
IC 20-26-13; IC 23-13-18-29.
Synopsis: High school graduation rates and diplomas. Includes
students who: (1) complete high school requirements during the
summer following the senior year; or (2) receive a GED not later than
October 1 following the expected graduation year; within the
determination of a school's graduation rate. Repeals provisions that
allow a state supported higher education institution to confer high
Effective: July 1, 2007.
January 23, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)
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SENATE BILL No. 571
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-26-13-4; (07)IN0571.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-26-13-4, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005,
SECTION 10, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "expected graduation
(1) the reporting year beginning three (3) years after the reporting
year in which a student is first considered by a school corporation
to have entered grade nine; and
(2) any summer school sessions conducted by a high school
during the summer following the year described in
SOURCE: IC 20-26-13-10; (07)IN0571.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 20-26-13-10, AS AMENDED BY P.L.145-2006,
SECTION 151, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 10. Except as provided in section
11 of this chapter, the graduation rate for a cohort in a high school is
the percentage determined under STEP SEVEN of the following
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;
(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 20-33-2-28 to
provide instruction equivalent to that given in the public
(C) Withdrawal because of a long term medical condition or
(D) Detention by a law enforcement agency or the department
(E) Placement by a court order or the department of child
(F) Enrollment in a virtual school.
(G) Graduation before the beginning of the reporting year.
(H) Leaving school, if the student attended school in Indiana
for less than one (1) school year and the location of the student
cannot be determined.
(I) Leaving school, if the location of the student cannot be
determined and the student has been reported to the Indiana
clearinghouse for information on missing children.
(J) Withdrawing from school before graduation, if the student
is a high ability student (as defined in IC 20-36-1-3) who is a
full-time student at an accredited institution of higher
education during the semester in which the cohort graduates.
(K) Withdrawing from school before graduation, if the
student receives a general educational development (GED)
diploma under IC 20-20-6 not later than October 1
following the expected graduation year.
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.
SOURCE: IC 20-26-13-11; (07)IN0571.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 20-26-13-11, AS ADDED BY P.L.242-2005,
SECTION 12, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 11. (a) A student who has left school is not
included in clauses (A) through
(J) (K) of STEP FIVE of the formula
established in section 10 of this chapter unless the school corporation
can provide written proof that the student has left the school for one (1)
of the reasons set forth in clauses (A) through (J) (K) of STEP FIVE of
section 10 of this chapter. If the location of the student is unknown to
the school, the principal of the school shall send a certified letter to the
last known address of the student, inquiring about the student's
whereabouts and status. If the student is not located after the certified
letter is delivered 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
(b) If a school corporation cannot provide written proof that a
student should be included in clauses (A) through
(J) (K) of STEP
FIVE of section 10 of this chapter, the student is considered a dropout.
SOURCE: IC 20-26-13-12; (07)IN0571.1.4. -->
SECTION 4. IC 20-26-13-12, AS ADDED BY P.L.242-2005,
SECTION 13, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 12. For each high school, the department shall
calculate an estimated graduation rate that is determined by the total
number of graduates for the reporting year divided by the total number
of students enrolled in grade 9 at the school three (3) years before the
reporting year. For any school where the difference between the
estimated graduation rate and the number determined under STEP
SEVEN of section 10 of this chapter is more than five percent (5%), the
department shall request the data used in determining that the missing
students are classified under one (1) or more of clauses (A) through
(K) of STEP FIVE of section 10 of this chapter.
SOURCE: IC 20-26-13-13; (07)IN0571.1.5. -->
SECTION 5. IC 20-26-13-13, AS ADDED BY P.L.242-2005,
SECTION 14, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 13. For any school that cannot provide written
proof supporting the school's determination to include a student under
any one (1) of clauses (A) through
of STEP FIVE of section 10
of this chapter, the department shall require the publication of the
corrected graduation rate in the next school year's report required under
SECTION 6. THE FOLLOWING ARE REPEALED [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2007]: IC 20-12-13-6; IC 20-12-75-14; IC 20-19-2-20;