Pathways to Graduation in Wisconsin

Graphic of pathways to graduation or High School Completion

red arrowRegular Graduation Requirements §118.33 (1)(a) Stats.

Regular High School Diploma

  1. Any high school diploma granted by a school board that meets the requirements of §118.33 (1) (a) or (d), Stats.
  2. Includes students receiving other types of high school completion credentials if they are also granted a high school diploma by a school board meeting the requirements of §118.33 (1)(a) or (d), Stats.
    • The term “regular high school diploma” means the standard high school diploma that is awarded to students in the State and that is fully aligned with the State's academic content standards or a higher diploma and does not include a General Educational Development (GED) credential, certificate of attendance, or any alternative award. (Federal Regulations - 34 C.F.R. §200.19(b)(1)(iv))

 

orange squareAlternative pathways to a regular diploma §118.15 (1)(b)(c)(d) Stats.
for certain at risk students enrolled in an alternate education program under – §118.33(1)(d) Stats.
A school board may grant a high school diploma to a pupil who has not satisfied the credit requirements if the student is enrolled in an alternative education program and demonstrates a level of proficiency in the subjects credit areas required under par.(a).

  • Competency Based
  • Project Based
  • GED Option #2
  • Conversion of HSED to a regular diploma

For more information see Alternative Education.

 

Yellow triangleAccommodations for Special Education Students PI 18.04 Wis. Admin. Code
Education programs for high school graduation may be provided to accommodate pupils with exceptional educational interests, needs, or requirements.

Policy and Procedures Review Checklists: These checklists are tools to help school districts determine if they have policies in place in each area for students with disabilities. By completing the checklists and documenting the source and location of related documents, the district is in a position to address any areas not covered that may be negatively impacting their students with disabilities.

 

Green circleAlternatives to Graduation - Other High School Completion CredentialsPI 5 Wis. Admin. Code High School Equivalency Diplomas and Certificates of General Educational Development
Provides description of the various statutory and practical ways that students who are unable to obtain a regular diploma may exit with:

  • various other credentials
  • HSED
  • certificates of Completion.

 

For more information see Wisconsin's GED-HSED.

 


 

Calculating Wisconsin's High School Graduation Rates

 

Federal Legal references:

Title I Regulations§200.19 Other academic indicators

(b) High schools —(1) Graduation rate. Consistent with paragraphs (b)(4) and (b)(5) of this section regarding reporting and determining AYP, respectively, each State must calculate a graduation rate, defined as follows, for all public high schools in the State . . .
(iv) The term “regular high school diploma” means the standard high school diploma that is awarded to students in the State and that is fully aligned with the State's academic content standards or a higher diploma and does not include a GED credential, certificate of attendance, or any alternative award.
plus the High School Graduation Rate, Non-Regulatory Guidance

And several references in s.1111 of NCLBA to graduation rates

ESEA Part A — Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
Subpart 1 — Basic Program Requirements
SEC. 1111. STATE PLANS.
(b) ACADEMIC STANDARDS, ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY-
(2) ACCOUNTABILITY-
(C) DEFINITION- Adequate yearly progress' shall be defined by the State in a manner that— …(vi) in accordance with subparagraph (D), includes graduation rates for public secondary school students (defined as the percentage of students who graduate from secondary school with a regular diploma in the standard number of years) and at least one other academic indicator, as determined by the State for all public elementary school students;