ERIC Number: ED304825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Graduation Requirements, Adult Services, and the Transition of Students with Handicaps. Abstract 19. Research & Resources in Special Education.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.
Two national surveys on graduation requirements and transition services for students with handicaps are briefly described. The first study, "State Graduation Policies and Program Practices Related to High School Special Education Programs" by Joanne Records Bodner et al., surveyed state special education directors or their designees in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The study found that 36 states have increased academic requirements for high school graduation since 1975; most states allow either modified content or modified instruction within regular classes as a means of meeting the requirements. In addition, 21 states require a minimum competency test for graduation, and of these, 15 determine students' exit documents on the basis of test scores. The second survey, "Do We Know Enough to Plan for Transition?" by John McDonnell et al., involved administrators of 44 state education agencies, 34 administrators of state vocational programs, and 35 administrators of residential programs for adults with severe handicaps. This survey found that projected need for services for severely handicapped students exceeded projected service increases. Policy recommendations are made based on the results of these studies. (JDD)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Policy, Graduation Requirements, High School Graduates, High Schools, Minimum Competency Testing, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, State Standards, Transitional Programs
Council for Exceptional Children, Publication Sales, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($1.00 each, minimum order of $5.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Innovation and Development.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.