ERIC Number: ED385056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
High School Graduation Requirements: What's Happening for Students with Disabilities? Synthesis Report 20.
Thurlow, Martha L.; And Others
This study analyzed documentation from 50 state departments of education concerning high school graduation requirements for students in general and for students with disabilities. Preliminary information reviews research on graduation requirements, research on minimum competence tests, and legal issues and implications. Study findings are then presented, including: (1) 44 states use Carnegie course unit requirements ranging from 10.25 to 24.00 credits; (2) 17 states have requirements for either a minimum competency test or exit exam; (3) local education agencies in several states have the option of establishing more stringent requirements than called for in state guidelines; and (4) exit documents that are awarded to students with disabilities vary from state to state (e.g., standard diplomas, modified diplomas, certificates of attendance), with similar requirements sometimes earning different types of exit documents in different states. Tables and figures provide state-by-state data on: Carnegie course units required for graduation; graduation requirements in curricular areas; states requiring exit exams or minimum competency tests; exit document options for students with disabilities; and standard diploma, modified diploma, and certificate requirements for students with disabilities. An appendix presents all graduation requirements for each state. (Contains 22 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Credits, Disabilities, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Minimum Competency Testing, National Surveys, Required Courses, State Standards
NCEO, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($15).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Coll. of Education.