Graduation Pathways Business Rules

SIRS Reporting Deadlines

Cohorts Reported

Cohort year is determined using the First Date of Entry into Grade 9 as reported in SIRS. The 2014 Total Cohort Graduation Rate data includes:

The 4-Year August cohort is cumulative.

The 2014 total cohort Graduation Pathways consists of all students, based on last enrollment record as of June 30, 2018, with a First Date of Entry into Grade 9 during the 2014-15 school year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015), regardless of their current grade level.

Regardless of cohort, students are reported in the school and district where they were last enrolled as of the reporting date (4, years after date of first entry in grade 9). The last enrollment record is defined as the regular enrollment record with the most recent beginning date as of the reporting date. Cohort year is determined using the date reported in the First Date of Entry into Grade 9 field in the school year in which the last enrollment record occurred. For more information on cohorts, see Appendix V in the SIRS Manual.

Aggregations

Aggregations are done at five different levels:

If a school shows student data in more than one district:

Closed schools/districts:

Graduates

Students whose last enrollment record had one of the following exit codes in SIRS:

Completers

This includes graduates and students whose last enrollment exit record was:

More information on entry and exit enrollment codes as well as credential codes can be found in the SIRS Manual.

GED (HSE) Students

HSE are not considered graduates and are therefore not included in Pathways reporting.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Students are designated ELLs if they were reported as such in SIRS during the reporting school year.

Students with Disabilities (SWD)

Students are designated SWDs if they were reported as such in SIRS during the reporting school year.

Pathways

All graduates must be reported with an appropriate graduate exit code, diploma code and pathway (COURSE_OF_STUDY) code. A student can only be reported with one Graduation Pathway, regardless of whether they satisfied the criteria for more than one.

The current Graduation Pathways are:

Arts (ARTS) - These are students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing a Department Approved Alternative Arts assessment (after the student has been prepared in the associated content) as their +1.

Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) - These are students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by either completing all the components of the CDOS commencement credential option 1 (program) or option 2 (Department Approved CDOS pathway assessment) as their +1. Students who received a stand-alone CDOS credential, a Skills & Achievement certificate, or a HSE diploma do NOT get reported with a CDOS pathway; they are reported with a code of “NONE” (see below).

Career Technical Education (CTE) - These are students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by successfully completing a Department Approved CTE Program and passing an approved CTE Pathway Assessment as their +1.

Humanities (HUM) - These are students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing a second Regents exam in social studies (either Global Studies or U.S. History) and after completing a course in the subject as their +1. This is considered the traditional pathway that most students use to meet the requirement for a local or Regents diploma. Even if the student passed one or more other exams (e.g., in math or science), HUM should be used because that student did not need to take advantage of the flexibility the multiple pathways provide.

Humanities Alternative (HUMALT) - These are students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing a Department Approved Alternative assessment in ELA or social studies (after completing a course in the subject) as their +1.

Languages other than English (LOTE) - These are students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing a Department Approved pathway assessment in LOTE as their +1.

STEM with a Concentration in Math (STEMMATH) – These are students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents or local diploma by passing a Regents math assessment or a Department Approved Alternative assessment in math (after completing a course in the subject) as their +1.

STEM with a Concentration in Science (STEMSCIENCE) - These are students who satisfied the requirements for a Regents of local diploma by passing a Regents science assessment or a Department Approved Alternative assessment in science (after completing a course in the subject) as their +1.

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