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Section 2

ak dept education

special ed handbook
SECTION 2
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Graduation means receipt of a regular high school diploma. Participation in a graduation ceremony does not constitute graduation.

Prior Written Notice

Because graduation is a change in placement, the District will provide the parent with prior written notice before the completion of the student's last semester of school. The notice will clearly state that the student will no longer be entitled to receive special education services from the District after graduation with a regular high school diploma. A re-evaluation is not required prior to graduation with a regular high school diploma or exceeding the age eligibility for FAPE (22 years).

Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination

Beginning with the graduating class of 2004, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to earn a high school diploma. The HSGQE assesses students in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students with disabilities who do not demonstrate proficiency may be able to satisfy the assessment requirement and earn a high school diploma through an "alternative assessment process" as described in Part IV, Section 16: Statewide and District Assessments.

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