My son is in his senior year and has ADHD. We had an IEP. If he cannot pass the competency test the school will give him a certificate, not a diploma. He will continue to take the tests, but time is running out for him. Is there anything I can do to help him?
If your son has an IEP, he is eligible for special education until he graduates from high school with a *regular high school diploma* or ages out at age 22.
Do not accept a certificate. A certificate is meaningless and will not help him get a job, get further education or be self sufficient and independent.
You need to write a letter to the school to request an IEP meeting. In your letter, describe the problem. Ask the school to provide more intensive services so he has the knowledge and skills needed to pass the competency tests.
Be polite but firm.
The emphasis on effective transition was new in IDEA 2004. Congress made significant changes in the legal definition of “transition services”. Section 1400(c)(14) describes the need to provide “effective transition services to promote successful post-school employment and/or education.”
Has the school provided a good transition plan? What are the goals? What is the school doing to ensure that your child attains these goals?
If a plan is not already in place, you may be able to include competency test preparation as part of the transition plan. This is an important time for your son, and the school should be helping him make the transition from high school to life after school.
You’ll find more transition information, articles, and resources here: Transition, Transition Services, and Transition Planning at http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/trans.index.htm