ERIC Number: ED463598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
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Graduate or Drop Out: Should Students with Special Needs Strive To Receive a Certificate of Completion?
Smith, James T.; Smith, Denise M.
The Indiana State Board of Education requires all students, including students with learning disabilities, to successfully pass the graduation examination: Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus. Students with learning disabilities who cannot pass the examination receive a Certificate of Completion upon graduation. As a result, many of these students have decided to drop out of high school, believing that remaining in school to earn only a Certificate of Completion is a waste of their time and effort. In order to determine employment opportunities for students who have graduated from high school with a Certificate of Completion, 13 employers from various companies and businesses in the areas of food, retail, and industry, were surveyed. Results from the survey indicate that all 13 employers unanimously agreed that a student who graduates from high school with a Certificate of Completion has a better opportunity for employment compared to a student who has dropped out of high school. Results also indicated that more than half of the employers consider a student who graduates with a Certificate of Completion to be as qualified for employment opportunities as a student who graduates from high school with a diploma. Appendices include survey materials. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana