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ERIC Number: ED442236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Diploma Decisions for Students with Disabilities: What Parents Need To Know.
Beech, Marty; McKay, Jan; Pankaskie, Sara
This guide for parents of students with disabilities in Florida provides information about the types of diplomas available through the Florida public school system and is intended to help parents and students make diploma choices in middle school and beyond as part of yearly transition individualized education program (IEP) meetings. Part 1 explains the requirements for each diploma option, the pros and cons of each option, and choices for students who do not meet requirements for a diploma. Part 2 explains how to choose the best diploma option for a specific child and the role of parent and student on the transition IEP team. Part 3 describes the steps to be taken each year to ensure that a student earns the most appropriate diploma. Part 4 explains how to learn about changes regarding diploma options and graduation requirements. Six appendices provide additional information including: (1) current graduation requirements for a standard diploma; (2) accommodations and modifications; (3) the Sunshine State Standards for a special diploma; (4) acquiring a diploma by passing the Tests of General Educational Development; (5) samples of rating scales for choosing between diploma options; and (6) additional resources. (Contains 26 references.) (DB)
Clearinghouse Information Center, Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services, Division of Public Schools and Community Education, Florida Department of Education, Room 622, Turlington Building, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400; Tel: 850-488-1879; Fax: 850-487-2679; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services.
Identifiers - Location: Florida