The Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team is responsible for determining whether the student has completed a planned program of study, which makes him/her eligible to receive a diploma.


Planned Program of Study 1:


A student completes a standard program of study based on meeting all requirements for graduation and IEP/transition goals, with or without reasonable modifications to delivery and assessment methods.


Planned Program of Study2:


A student completes the standard or modified course requirements, but not the IEP/transition goals.† The student may participate in graduation ceremonies.† The student may continue to receive services and supports from the school district until the IEP/transition goals are met or until the student ages out of the educational program, at the conclusion of the year in which the student turns 21.


Planned Program of Study 3:


If a disability prevents a student from completing the standard course requirements, the studentís IEP team must identify goals for graduation that are consistent with the studentís individual needs and/or the IEP/transition plan.† The student may participate in graduation ceremonies.† Only upon completion of those goals will the receive a high school diploma.


Overall Graduation Considerations:


Graduation plans should be a part of all IEPs developed for studentís 14 16 years old and above.


The receipt of a regular high school diploma terminates the right of a student with a disability to receive FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education).†


All diplomas awarded by a school district must be identical in appearance, content, and effect, except that symbols or notations may be added to individual student diplomas to reflect official school honors or awards earned by the student.


Policy††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Adopted:††† 04/9/01†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† † ††††††††† ††††††††††††††††Columbus, Nebraska

Amended:† 12/11/06†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† Reviewed: Amended:† 05/20/13

Amended:† 08/10/09

Amended:† 05/20/13