Code of Maryland Regulations
Subtitle 08 - STUDENTS
Chapter 13A.08.01 - General Regulations
Section 13A.08.01.07 - Student Withdrawal Status

Universal Citation: MD Code Reg 13A.08.01.07

Current through Register Vol. 51, No. 6, March 22, 2024

A. The Maryland Pupil Attendance Register prescribes the withdrawal status for students. In general a student will be withdrawn when the student has completed a high school program, transfers to another school, or terminates the student's formal education.

B. Graduate.

(1) A graduate is defined as a student who completes the student's program of study at the high school level and satisfies the graduation requirements for a Maryland High School Diploma or the requirements for a Maryland High School Certificate.

(2) A graduate includes a:
(a) Student receiving a diploma as a result of the completion of a State-approved regular or alternative secondary school;

(b) Handicapped student who cannot meet the requirements for a diploma and is awarded a Maryland High School Certificate.

(3) A graduate does not include a student:
(a) Leaving school and completing a GED or other State-approved high school equivalency program;

(b) Completing a program of study and time in grade but not meeting the basic skills testing requirements.

C. Dropout.

(1) A student who terminates the student's formal education is a dropout. A dropout is defined as a student who, for any reason other than death, leaves school before graduation or the completion of a Maryland-approved educational program (including a special education program) and is not known to enroll in another school or State-approved program during a current school year.

(2) A dropout includes a student:
(a) Who drops out for the reasons as identified in the Maryland Pupil Attendance Register;

(b) Who leaves school and enters a program not qualifying as an elementary/secondary school;

(c) Of any age who drops out;

(d) From special education who drops out.

(3) A dropout does not include a student:
(a) Who dies;

(b) Out of school for temporary periods, for example, extended suspension, reinstatements of expulsion during the school year, or extended illness;

(c) Who transfers to another public elementary/secondary school, to another State-approved elementary/secondary educational program that continues the student's education, or to a nonpublic elementary/secondary school;

(d) Transferred to another public institution with an educational program;

(e) Placed at another grade level.

D. Nontraditional Graduate.

(1) A nontraditional graduate is a student who leaves school (terminates/withdraws) but finishes a high school equivalency through the General Educational Development Testing Program or The Adult External Diploma Program.

(2) A nontraditional graduate includes all completers of a high school equivalency regardless of age.

(3) A nontraditional graduate does not include any student who has earned the Maryland High School Diploma or Maryland High School Certificate.

E. Each local school system shall develop and implement a procedure to conduct an educational interview with all students who leave school before graduation, or with their parent or guardian, or all of the above. At a minimum, the interview should encourage the student to remain in the student's current school program or enroll in an alternative school program, verify the reason, or reasons, for a student dropping out of school, and ensure that the parent or guardian is informed.

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