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Wicomico: Indicator 1 

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

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State Baseline:74.8%--------------
State Target:-83.24%83.24%85.5%85.5%85.5%87.75%81.5%81.5%59.19%61.43%63.67%65.91%68.14%70.38%
State Results:-76.8%75.61%72.85%67.23%70.05%72.33%56.57%57.41%60.03%
Target Met
Target Met
Target Met
Target Met
State Total# of Students:-536955226082518158766053666164.87640860686210630962066221
State Indicator Measurement:-41224175443134834116437837683724384738503970421841884158
Wicomico Results:-75.40%85.25%
Target Met
Target Met
Target Met
Wicomico Total# of Students:-616165117559821098790
Wicomico Indicator Measurement:-4652511615451615347

Narrative Description of Indicator

Maryland offers one diploma known as the Maryland High School Diploma.  The requirements for a Maryland High School Diploma are applicable to all students, including youth with IEPs. The data provided for Indicator 1 of the SPP/APR is taken from the Maryland Report Card.

Maryland met the target set by the Maryland State Board of Education for FFY 2018. In accordance with the Office of Special Education (OSEP) FFY 2018 SPP/APR Measurement Table the State is to use data from 2017-2018 school year.  The 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate for students with disabilities was 66.84% (n = 4,158 divided by 6,221).

Using the required 2017-2018 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate, 4,158 youth with IEPs out of a possible 6,221 graduated with a regular diploma. This compares to a 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of 89.86 for regular education students. These data reflects a 20.28% percentage point gap between the graduation rate of nondisabled peers and youth with disabilities who received services in accordance with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

The following definition and formulas are used by Maryland for the graduation rate:

Federal law requires that Maryland use a 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate. The adjusted cohort rate ensures that all students who entered 9th grade together are accounted for in the graduation rate at the end of four years.

Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate = Number of cohort members who earned a high school diploma by the end of the 2017-2018 school yr / [(Number of first time 9th graders in 20012-2013 school year plus students who transfer in) - (students who transfer out, emigrate, or die during the 4 school years)]

Graduation Rate for School Progress

In 2008, the U. S. Department of Education directed each state to use a cohort graduation rate for reporting purposes beginning in 2011 and for accountability purposes in 2012.  Maryland law requires the state to use the cohort graduation rate for School Progress determination in 2011.  The Maryland State Board of Education approved standards for the cohort graduation rate in 2011. 

Maryland submitted a plan for an ESEA Flexibility Waiver in February 2012.  The U.S. Department of Education approved Maryland’s plan on May 29, 2012.  Part of this plan included a new accountability program which includes measures of School Progress.  School Progress is based on multiple measures including the measure for the cohort graduation rate.  The cohort graduation rate is the “other academic indicator” used to determine School Progress for high schools.  The FFY 2018-2019 State target is indicated below:



Measurable and Rigorous Target


70.38% of youth with IEPs will graduate from high school with a regular diploma.