ERIC Number: ED407785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Students with Disabilities and High School Graduation Policies.
NASBE Policy Update, v5 n6 Mar 1997
This policy digest reviews the current status of state level graduation policies and the inclusion of students with disabilities in more rigorous student accountability measures. The results of two surveys conducted by the Council of Chief State School Officers on the inclusion of students with disabilities in state level graduation requirements are described. Analysis of data indicates: (1) 38 states and territories apply some graduate requirements to students with disabilities; (2) 9 states require that all students must meet all requirements for a standard diploma; (3) 9 states require students with mild disabilities meet all requirements for a diploma; (4) 11 states allow graduation requirements for students with disabilities to be determined locally; (5) and 6 states permit requirements for students with severe disabilities to be determined or waived by students' individualized education programs (IEPs). The surveys also found that while some states have alternative exit documents for students with disabilities, 19 states only offer a standard diploma. Of the 17 states that require students to pass graduation examinations, 13 required students with IEPs to pass the examination in order to receive a standard diploma. Some of the questions policymakers need to consider as they implement more rigorous high school graduation requirements are outlined. (CR)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.