Will Your Child Receive an Alternate Diploma?

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Circulation: 98,627
ISSN: 1538-320
February 23, 2016

family at graduationStates vary in the allowances they make for students with disabilities to receive a standard diploma.

Will your child receive a regular or standard diploma?

Has the IEP team considered the course standards for a regular diploma and determined your child cannot meet them? Why not?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about diploma options and requirements. Find out what diploma is appropriate for your child, what the IEP team should consider, and what parents can do to keep graduation expectations high.

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Certificate Instead of Diploma - Is This OK?

In Certificate Program v. Regular Diploma, Parent Trainer and Advocate Susan Bruce says, "No Way!" Don’t settle for an 'alternate diploma.' Begin with the highest expectation possible for your child. Don’t lower that expectation until you extinguish every possibility.

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.

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Regular Diploma Requires a Summary of Performance

When your child graduates from high school with a regular diploma or “ages out” of special education, IDEA requires the school to provide a “summary of academic achievement and functional performance.”

The Summary of Performance (SOP) is most useful when completed during the transition IEP process. The SOP should include recommendations about ways to help meet post-secondary goals.

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Basic Ed Diploma Track

Q. My son is on a basic ed diploma track. Will retention push my child off the diploma path?

Advocate Sue Whitney answers, "I assume 'basic ed diploma' means something less than a standard diploma? Do you know what it means?"

Parents need to be very sure, very early in the game, you understand which diploma...


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