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Feedback regarding State Defined Alternate Diploma

State Defined Alternate Diploma

Information for Feedback

NOTE: CDE is seeking feedback from a variety of stakeholders.  This is information only.  Final decisions will be made and published at a later time.

 

Option 1 – Current Status

Regular Diploma Only

No State-Defined Alternate Diploma

  • Continue with one high school “regular” diploma
  • Graduation guidelines will remain in place
  • Everyone who meets or exceeds the graduation requirements set forth by the district will receive a “regular” diploma

Possible Implications

  • Currently, students with a significant cognitive disability that receive a regular diploma:
    • Will be counted as a graduate for state accountability purposes only
    • Student’s right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) terminates upon graduation or reaching age 21
  • A student with a significant cognitive disability who is issued a non-diploma certificate or a diploma not fully aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards, would not count as a graduate for federal/state accountability

 

Option 2 

Require a State-Defined Alternate Diploma

  • In addition to a regular diploma achieved through existing graduation guidelines, add a state defined alternate diploma required for students who are assessed using the alternate assessment aligned to Colorado’s Extended Evidence Outcomes.

Possible Implications

  • Students who receive an alternate diploma:
  • Will be counted as a graduate for federal and state accountability
  • Can continue to receive FAPE to age 21

 

Option 3

District Choice - Offer a Regular Diploma with the Option of a State-Defined Alternate Diploma

Possible Implications

  • If a student with a significant cognitive disability is issued a non-diploma certificate or diploma not fully aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards they would not count as graduates for federal accountability; FAPE ends when the student receives a regular high school diploma
  • Students with a significant cognitive disability who receive a state defined alternate diploma, will be counted as graduates for state and federal accountability; however, FAPE does not end and students may receive services through age 21

 

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