Wyoming began using the regulatory graduation rate for AYP determinations based on the 2010-2011 assessment results. The methodology for determining if a school or LEA has made progress on the additional indicator proceeds as follows:
- A high school's graduation rate is calculated in alignment with the formula described in Section 7.1 of the Wyoming Accountability Workbook.
- A minimum n-size of 30 students will be applied to the AYP graduation rate determinations. This n-size will apply to all student groups. If a school/district has fewer than 30 students in the aggregate or in a subgroup, then multiple cohorts will be combined to increase the n-size making more schools accountable for graduating the students in all of their subgroups. The following flowchart provides the description of how the multiple cohorts will be combined in order for more schools and subgroups to meet the minimum n-size. If the sum of cohorts over the three years for a student group is less than thirty, then no AYP determination will be made on that student group.
- Beginning with AYP determinations based on the 2009-10 assessment results, schools with a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of 80 percent or higher have satisfactorily met the additional indicator. Then, for the AYP determinations based on the 2013-14 assessment results, four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate goal will rise to 85%. Schools exhibiting a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate below the graduation rate goal are further examined for progress.
- Schools with a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate below the graduation rate goal can meet the graduation rate AYP requirement if the school meets the graduation rate targets. The use of the graduation rate targets will be applied beginning with the AYP determinations based on the 2009-10 assessment results. The targets represent percent increase in the graduation rate that must be made from the prior year's graduation rate. The target needing to be met is dependent upon the prior year's graduation. The following chart shows the targets that must be met given the prior year's graduation rate. If the target is met, then the AYP graduation rate additional indicator requirement will be met. Schools exhibiting a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate below target are further examined for progress.