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Indicator 2 - Students on IEPs who Drop Out

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Definition

Percent of youth with IEPs dropping out of high school.  (20 U.S.C. 1416 (a)(3)(A))

Measurement

States must report a percentage using the number of youth with IEPs (ages 14-21) who exited special education due to dropping out in the numerator and the number of all youth with IEPs who left high school (ages 14-21) in the denominator. 

How is Colorado doing on this indicator?

Indicator 2 Graph - Dropping out has decreased over the last 5 years, from 22.13% to 16.08% this year.
 
The orange bar indicates the % of students on IEPs who left school by dropping out. The other category (yellow) includes students who reached maximum age, completed a non-diploma certificate, or completed a GED (students who passed away were removed from the calculation in SY2019-2020). The green bar shows students who graduated with a regular diploma, the students who graduated are reported in Indicator 1. 

Targets for the Current SPP/APR Cycle

Indicator 2 targets - 6-year SPP/APR cycle
Data from School Year 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25
Target >= 18.75% 18.75% 16.67% 16.67% 14.59% 14.59%

 

 

 

Improvement Strategies for Transition Age Students (Indicators 1, 2, and 14)

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  • Sequencing of Services Framework
    • A multi-agency team has developed a sequencing of services framework to clarify student outcomes from junior high through age 24 and to identify the role of each stakeholder (families, community-centered boards, division of vocational rehabilitation, etc.) in assisting students to meet defined outcomes.
  • Capstone Projects
    • CDE established a Capstone workgroup to build school district personnel’s knowledge of how to develop capstones aligned with school district graduation requirements for students with significant needs.
  • Equity work
    • CDE/DVR/Colorado Community College System (CCCS) offers professional learning opportunities to school district personnel to assure equitable access of students with disabilities access to CTE programs (5-year project – 2021-2026):
    • CDE will partner with the largest district in Colorado to improve dropout and graduation rates, and post-school outcomes for young men of color with disabilities.
  • Training and Technical Assistance
    • CDE will partner with the Transition Coalition to train, mentor, and facilitate district teams to increase their knowledge of IDEA and secondary transition planning (Spring 2022)
    • CDE is developing training on person-centered planning for students with disabilities (SY 2021-22)
    • CDE is conducting parent focus groups to determine parent training needs, develop trainings to address needs for families and school district personnel (SY 2021-22)
    • CDE provides opportunities for LEAs to engage in post-school outcomes data discussions to identify strengths in current practices and opportunities to improve response rate from Hispanic and Black students through the targeted support.
    • CDE offers statewide regional trainings on a variety of transition topics
    • CDE provides monthly transition talks related to all aspects of secondary transition planning
    • CDE hosts a statewide conference, the Transition Leadership Institute, each year to build LEA knowledge of evidence-based secondary transition practices

Additional Resources

The feedback period has closed, this video is included for information on the target setting process (the Indicator 2 section starts at 00:00:14). 

 


For more information, contact:

Gloria Durosko
Supervisor, Data and Monitoring Liaison
Email Gloria Durosko
Phone: (303) 866-6885

Alyssa Ohleyer
Email Alyssa Ohleyer
Phone: (303) 866-6308

Orla Bolger
Email Orla Bolger
Phone: (303) 866-6896


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