BP 6146.51 Differential Requirements for Individuals with Exceptional Needs

KPBSD Policy Manual

BP 6146.51


Course Requirements

The School Board recognizes that regular course requirement may not be appropriate for all students enrolled in the District special education programs.  Students with exceptional needs should meet the regular District requirements to the extent that their disabilities permit. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team will determine if a student’s disability preclude the student from attaining the District’s regular standards. Students with disabilities that prevent them from regular course requirements may complete substitute courses. The determination and development of appropriate differential standards will be included in the student’s IEP.

Standardized Assessment

Every student with a disability will participate in statewide assessments as required by law. Student participation will be facilitated by the provision of accommodations as identified in a student’s Section 504 plan or IEP.

Student with disabilities must take all statewide standards-based tests, with or without accommodations, unless an alternate assessment is necessary. An alternate assessment may be conducted for students whose cognitive abilities and adaptive skills prevent completion of the standard academic curricula, even with modifications and accommodations as determined by the IEP team. Alternate assessments may also be conducted for students enrolled in a curriculum focused on functional life skills where the student requires direct instruction in multiple settings to apply and transfer skills. In such instances, an alternate assessment shall be provided as specified in the IEP or Section 504 plan.

Legal Reference:

Alaska Statutes

14.03.075 Secondary Pupil Competency Testing

Alaska Administrative Code

4 AAC 04.106 Alternative performance standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities

4 AAC 06.775 Statewide assessment program for students with disabilities

4 AAC 06.078 Alternative completion requirements; students with disabilities


Revised: 08/04/2014