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Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities in New York State

From the New York State Education Department: “This page provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided. Check this site often for additional resources and updated questions and answers on both of these high school exiting credentials.”

Learn more via Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED.

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Graduation Rates Fall Short For Students With Disabilities – Disability Scoop

From Disability Scoop: “More Americans are graduating high school than ever before, but students with disabilities remain far behind their typically-developing peers, a new report finds.

Nationally, 80 percent of public high school students earned a diploma on time during the 2011-2012 school year, according to data released Monday from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

While the number of students with disabilities obtaining diplomas also ticked up that year, just 61 percent of those with special needs graduated, the findings indicate.For the report, students were considered to graduate on time if they finished high school in four years. Those who completed an Individualized Education Program but did not obtain a traditional diploma and students who were held back a grade were not included.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hailed the progress, but said there are still far too many students dropping out.”

Read more, via Graduation Rates Fall Short For Students With Disabilities – Disability Scoop.

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Amendment Regulations Relating to the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities to Graduate with a Local High School Diploma

The Board of Regents, at their October 2012 meeting, approved the emergency adoption of an amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.  These regulations, effective October 31, 2012, provide an additional option for a student with a disability to earn a local diploma through the use of a “compensatory option” if the student:

scores between 45-54 on one or more of the five required Regents exams, other than the English language arts (ELA) or mathematics exam1, but scores 65 or higher on one or more of the required Regents exams, in which case the lower score(s) can be compensated by the higher score(s)2; and

obtains a passing grade, that meets or exceeds the required passing grade by the school, for the course in the subject area of the Regents examination in which he or she received a score of 45-54; and

has a satisfactory attendance rate, in accordance with the district’s or school’s attendance policy, for the school year during which the student took the examination in which he or she received a score of 45-54, exclusive of excused absences; and

is not already using a passing score on one or more Regents Competency Tests (RCTs) to graduate with a local diploma.  (A student may not use the compensatory score option if he or she is using a passing score on one or more RCTs to graduate with a local diploma.)

via Amendment to Section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities to Graduate with a Local High School Diploma: Special Education : EMSC : NYSED.