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Do we have any special education teachers on PC&E?

I have a bunch of questions for special education teachers. I'm doing some work-related research on high school diploma requirements and need to pick someone's brain.
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Re: Do we have any special education teachers on PC&E?

  • I'm not a special ed teacher, but I'm a speech therapist in a public school so I may be able to answer your questions.
  • I was and now deal with, in part, fed programs, including IDEA.  So, pick away and I will help in any way I can.
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  • I'm an intervention specialist.  Basically I work with kids trying to do intervention before they get to a point where they need a referral for SpEd.  If they do need a referral, then I work with the diagnosticians in gathering the data to determine if the child has a learning disability
  • Thanks ladies! Hopefully I can make this coherent without my stack of papers from my desk.

    Graduation requirements of course vary by state, as well as whatever exit exam - or in the case of TN - end of course assessment that is required for the granting of a high school diploma. In the case of students with disabilities who may have an IEP worked up for them - what happens when they don't pass the exit exam in your state? Here, students are granted a certificate - but it doesn not carry the same weight as a diploma.

    Of course, the issue with this is that it limits the postsecondary and post-high school life some kids want to have. For example, if I have a certificate and want to get a job, but the job doesn't accept my certificate in lieu of the diploma, then what do I do? Does your state do anything to grant students with disabilities a diploma rather than a certificate that doesn't carry the same weight as a diploma?

    Also, I confused about special education assistance after graduation. If I'm a student with a disability, but I manage to earn my diploma, does any special education assistance I receive end at that time? And is that ONLY secondary educational assistance? That doesn't apply to any other type assistance does it? I was beyond confused in reading this - it just didn't seem clear to me.

     

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  • Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be much help as I taught middle school aged students.  However, it was my understanding that the goal is to have only a very small percentage of students graduating as "IEP diploma" students.  The goal has been to get most SPED students to receive a standard HS diploma.  Whether or not that actually happens is another story. 

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