HCPSS MPIA Request #2023-001

Barb Krupiarz
Requested Information
I am requesting )preferably in searchable content) graduation rates for each HCPSS high school from 2010 to the present for the following categories:
African American
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander
American Indian / Alaskan Native
2 or more races
English Learner
Special Education Students with disabilities
Students on 504 plans
Date Received
Responsive Documents
Responsive to this request, graduation rates are officially calculated by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Attached here are 2011-2021 graduation rates for available population data from MSDE for four-year cohorts with the FTNG_COHORT column representing the First Time in Ninth Grade (for example, 2008 = Class of 2011). Please note, prior to the class of 2011 MSDE was not able to accurately track student cohorts and thus is not available in this format. Additionally, ADA/504 status was not reported by MSDE prior to the class of 2019. Please note, SY2022 data is not finalized/reported until typically January of the following year.

HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students as required by both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records (see also specific suppression techniques contained within the responsive record): populations that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record or could do so when combined with other publicly accessible data. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.

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