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ERIC Number: ED554561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Ensuring Meaningful Diplomas for All Students
Achieve, Inc.
The call to ensure that every student, including students with disabilities, graduates from high school well prepared for college and careers is acknowledged by policymakers, professionals and business leaders. This policy brief was developed to provide guidance to state education policy leaders to support the goal of ensuring that students with disabilities leave school with meaningful diplomas. First, it provides background to clarify the diverse characteristics of students with disabilities and present information on the high school and postsecondary attainment of these students. It then explores the policy landscape across states, looking at how diploma options, course requirements and exit exams affect students with disabilities. It concludes with recommendations to states about how to improve current approaches to high school graduation requirements for students with disabilities and promote the successful completion of these students with the knowledge and skills to be college and career ready.
Achieve, Inc. 1775 Eye Street NW Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-419-1540; Fax: 202-828-0911; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc.; National Center on Educational Outcomes