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Current NCLB regulations

The U.S. Department of Education released updated regulations for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in November 2008. The regulations require states to calculate high school graduation rates as:

The number of students who graduated in the standard number of years (four) with a regular high school diploma, divided by the number for students who entered the ninth grade four years earlier, plus any students who transferred into the school, minus students who transferred out.

The regulations also state:

  • States can report an extended-year graduation rate that includes students who graduated in more than four years.
  • States can apply to the Secretary of Education to use the extended-year rate in addition to the four-year graduation rate for AYP determinations.
  • The extended-year rate should not be limited to specific groups of students such as students with disabilities and English language learners.


Jim Hull, Center for Public Education policy analyst

Posted: February 11, 2009

©2009 Center for Public Education

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