Indicator 1: Graduation

The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) requires states to report on graduation data for students with disabilities.

Federal Definition

Percent of youth with IEPs graduating from high school with a regular diploma.

(20 U.S.C. 1416 (a)(3)(A))

District Responsibilities

Local school districts collect and report graduation data to the OSE.


Federal Reporting

Michigan reports on Indicator 1 to the OSEP.

District Data

4, 5, & 6 Year Cohort Definitions

Michigan reports student graduation rates by cohort. The four-year cohort graduation rate is the most frequently reported. However, districts may support students to graduate in their fifth or sixth year. As documented in the Michigan Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook (see below), Michigan received a waiver to allow students more time to achieve their diploma. Districts may calculate a graduation rate for an extended-year cohort in order to account for students with disabilities who cannot complete high school in four years.