25 Graduation Requirements and Summary of Performance


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25.1 High School Diploma Requirements

25.2 Certificate of Completion

25.3 Summary of Performance

Refer to Administrative Procedure #4770, Graduation from Senior High School in Forms/Links.

Students in special education may be awarded one of the following upon completion of a course of study:

  • Diploma
  • Certificate of Completion

25.1 High School Diploma Requirements

In order to graduate from high school with a diploma, students are required to:

  • Meet general requirements (as more fully detailed below) with a weighted grade-point average (WGPA) of 2.00 or higher, and
  • Pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)

Refer to CAHSEE Accommodations and Modifications link in Forms/Link for CAHSEE waiver information.

  • Special education students may use accommodations or modifications while taking the CAHSEE if those accommodations and/or modifications are on their IEP. Students who achieve a score within the passing range using modifications will have a notation on their test score that modifications were used and will need a waiver approved by the local board of education to receive a diploma.
  • The exemption from meeting the CAHSEE requirement will be in effect until the State Board of Education (SBE) makes either a determination that alternative means to the CAHSEE for students with disabilities are not feasible or such alternative means have been implemented. Refer to Forms/Linksfor links to State regulations for the CAHSEE waiver.

25.1.1 General Requirements for a High School Diploma

  • Attendance

Eight semesters in grades 9-12 for not less than 365 minutes per day inclusive of passing time but exclusive of lunch and nutritional periods or "breaks" while under immediate supervision and control of a certificated employee, unless the best interest of a student requires a different plan. Any changes to the student's school attendance cannot be made without holding an IEP team meeting.

  • Conduct

The student must demonstrate a record of responsible behavior according to the published site discipline policies and in accordance with district policy and procedures.

  • Computer Proficiency

Students may demonstrate proficiency (in grades 7-12) through completion of an approved course that incorporates computer education and applications, or through satisfactory results on a district test of computer literacy.

  • Credits
  • Minimumof 44 semester credits earned in grades 9-12 as listed in the district's Course of Study. Certain special education classes such as applied or multilevel skills classes only count towards elective credit. Included in the 44 credits are a maximum of eight semester credits earned in physical education, JROTC, NJROTC, or AFJROTC. Thirty-two (32) of the 44 semester credits must be earned in tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Students on an approved early graduation plan must meet the same requirements.
  • Certain courses taken in grade 7 or 8 that meet high school graduation requirements are retained as permanent entries on student's senior high transcript and are counted as part of the 44 credits needed for graduation.
  • Alternative high school programs or the High School Diploma Program:

Students enrolled in these programs may graduate with a minimum of 24 credits; general requirements for graduation must be met with the exception of the physical education requirement. All credits earned in grades 9-12 shall be counted toward graduation.

25.2 Certificate of Completion(Top)

Certificates of Completion are presented to non-diploma bound students receiving special education services that meet all the goals and objectives specified in their Individualized Education Programs (IEP). A Certificate of Completion is issued at the completion of the student's prescribed educational program. Students receiving Certificates of Completion are eligible to participate in commencement exercises.

Generally, this means the student has:

  • Satisfactory completion of a prescribed alternative course of study;
  • Satisfactory completion of IEP goals and objectives,
  • Satisfactory attendance and participation in instruction.

25.3 Summary of Performance

All students with disabilities who are either leaving secondary school due to graduation with a high school diploma or have reached the maximum age for special education services must be given a summary of their academic achievement and functional performance including recommendations on how to assist them in meeting their post-secondary goals. Each student's Summary of Performance (SOP) should be personalized and based on the student's current abilities, strengths, skills, needs, and functional skills. Much of this information can be found in the student's IEP, progress reports for the student's final school year, and IEP Transition Plan.

Prior Written Notice (PWN) must be completed when Special Education services are teminated due to completion of a diploma or due to haveing reached the maximum age for these servies. Refer to Forms/Links for a template of this PWN. Attach PWN to Summary of Perfromance.

The Summary of Performance is NOT in lieu of an annual or Triennial IEP team meeting. There is no requirement to hold an IEP team meeting solely for the purpose of completing the SOP. You may wish to meet with the student when completing the SOP to get input from the student; however, this is not a requirement for completing the form.

25.3.1 Summary of Performance versus Triennial Review

If a Triennial Review of Eligibility is due, the IEP team will follow the established processes and procedures for conducting that review. The Summary of Performance is separate from this and does not remove the IEP team's responsibility of conducting the Triennial Review of Eligibility.

Triennial Review

. Review previous IEP & ITP

. Assessment Options:

o Conduct full reassessment of student (College and Vocational School require current formal assessments to access Disability Support Programs & Services.); or

o Conduct Records Review Include updated data from informal assessment tools; or

o Parent or adult student waives the reassessment: Check the box on the assessment plan, "I withdraw my child from the assessment process."

Summary of Performance (SOP)

. SOP is not a replacement for the Annual or Triennial IEP meeting. The IEP meeting must be held within the timeline.

. You may use an IEP meeting to discuss and complete the SOP with the student but there is no requirement to hold an IEP meeting for purposes of completing the SOP.

. SOP is required for all students with disabilities that are leaving the public school system either because:

o They are graduating with a diploma; or

o They have reached the maximum age for special education services.

25.3.2 Completing the SOP

Prior to the student receiving a high-school diploma or reaching the maximum age for services, a Summary of Performance is required to be completed. The SOP is provided on the last day of school attendance.

  1. Complete the following documents:
  • Summary of Performance
  • Prior Written Notice, attach PWN to Summnary of Performance
  • Complete an Exit event after locking the Summary of Performance
  1. Mail the documents, along with a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards if applicable, to the:
  • Student, if student is of majority age (18 years old) and is not under conservatorship; or
  • Parent, if student is not of majority age or is under conservatorship.
  1. Maintain a copy of the SOP and Prior Written Notice (if applicable) in the student's special education container.

25.3.3 Directions for Completing SOP in the Electronic IEP System

Refer to Forms/Links for the job aide.