The uncertain future of special ed. diplomas

I’ve been following with interest the state education department’s slow but steady shift away from the IEP diploma.

IEP – or individualized education plan – diplomas are alternative pathways to graduation for students with disabilities.

Students who currently receive IEP diplomas don’t count toward a district’s graduation rate. And in 2013, state ed. wants to eliminate IEP diplomas entirely.

The plan, which is currently open for public comment, would create a new “Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential” for students with severe disabilities beginning in 2013-14.

The New York State United Teachers has its list of feedback for the state, including arguing that the state should keep IEP diplomas until the new alternative is in place.

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