Aging Out of Special Ed Eligibility
Summary of Performance

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ISSN: 1538-320
December 11, 2018

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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 (SOP).

Do you have questions about aging out of special ed?

  • When does a child age out of special education?
  • If a student turns 21 in August aren’t they entitled to another year of school that began on July 1st?
  • What is the intent of a Summary of Performance?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find out about the Summary of Performance and what the IEP team must consider during your child's senior year. Learn what parents can do to prepare as he graduates or ages out of special education.

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Summary of Performance

When I asked the IEP team about my son’s Summary of Performance, I got the 'deer in the headlights' look – they didn’t even know what it was.

This Summary of Performance should include recommendations about ways to help meet post-secondary goals. It is a separate document from the IEP.


Aging Out of Special Ed

The age when children age out of special education eligibility differs from state to state - the upper age limit varies depending on state law.

Individual states have different rules about this process. Your state special education regulations will tell you what the age is in your state.


Transition to Life After School

See Chapter 9: Transition Checklist, Summary of Performance, p. 86, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

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Basic Ed Diploma Track

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

Does 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 your child will receive.

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