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AH-5.2 Data Details

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AH-5.2 Increase the proportion of students who are served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act who graduate high school with a diploma

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act data
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
59.1 (2007–08)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of students, aged 14 to 21years, served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, who graduated with a diploma


Number of students, aged 14 to 21 years, served under IDEA, Part B, who exited school because they graduated with a regular high school diploma, received a certificate,  reached maximum age, or dropped out

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    To determine the denominator, the following categories of students were not counted in the total: students who transferred to regular education and students who moved and were known to be continuing. The following categories were included in the denominator: students who graduated with a diploma, students who received a certificate, students who reached maximum age, students who dropped out, and students who died.

    A certificate is a document that students who leave school can be issued if they did not meet the same standards for graduation as students without disabilities. Examples of certificates include a modified diploma, a certificate of completion, and an alternate degree that is not fully aligned with the State’s educational standards.

Caveats and Limitations: 
Data are reported by state and subject to differences in reporting and educational policies across states. For race and ethnicity data from 2007-2008, children can only be reported in one race/ethnicity category. Race/ethnicity data reported for 2011-2012 onward children can be reported in one or more race categories or as Hispanic, all race categories shown exclude Hispanic or Latino. For data on limited English proficiency, children are reported based on the definition of limited English proficiency under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 U.S.C. Section 7801(A)(25). See Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data site for information on the data, including definitions of race/ethnicity categories, limited English proficiency, and people with disabilities.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
This objective was revised in 2013 due to a change in programming. Students who died were added to the denominator to better align with how the Department of Education reports the measure. Also, the original baseline included data for 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and outlying territories, while the revised baseline includes data for 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico. The original baseline was revised from 59.3 to 59.1 percent as a result of these changes. The target was adjusted from 65.2 to 65.0 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.


Additional resources about the objective

  1. Data Accountability Center (DAC): Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data