What’s “Special” About Graduation? IGCs and IEPs

As we countdown to commencement, consider the following when making decisions about graduation for students with disabilities.

Assessment Decision Basics:

  • At any point in the student’s high school career, the ARD committee can determine that passing the state assessments (EOCs) will not be required for the student to graduate.
  • At any point in the student’s high school career, the ARD committee can revise previous decisions about state assessments, based on changes in student performance or postsecondary goals.
  • These decisions can impact which high school programs the student will be eligible to earn.
  • Refer to TAC §89.1070 for all ARD committee decisions about graduation.
  • Check out these resources for more information:

How to Think About IGC for Students with IEPs:

  • Important to know:
    • IGC (Individual Graduation Committee) rules apply to students who are not receiving special education services at the time of graduation
    • TAC §89.1070 rules apply to students who are receiving special education services at the time of graduation
  • For any student with a disability who has met credit requirements for an endorsement and has passed at least 3 EOCs, the ARD committee can determine that they have met the requirements listed in 89.1070 (c)(1), (c)(2), (d), and (e). The student will graduate through Foundation High School Program with an endorsement.
  • For any student with a disability who has met credit requirements for RHSP/DAP and has passed at least 3 EOCs, the ARD committee can determine that they have met the requirements listed in 89.1070 (g)(2). The student will graduate through RHSP or DAP.
  • Note that 89.1070 indicates that the determination can only be made when the student:
    • Has met credit requirements (in other words, they are ready to graduate and not planning to continue enrollment to earn more credits)
    • Has passed at least 3 EOCs through the standard state assessment, with or without accommodations (STAAR, STAAR-A, or STAAR Online)
    • However, 89.1070 does not mention:
      • Opportunities to retest
      • Assembling an IGC separate from the ARD committee
      • Project/portfolio
  • Refer to TAC §89.1070 for requirements for students with disabilities to graduate without passing all required EOCs, especially subsections (d), (f), and (g)(2).

UPDATE 2/9/18 – Adopted revisions to Commissioner’s Rule (posted to TEA website):

SB 463, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, amended the TEC, §28.0158 and §39.025, to extend the time frame under which a student who has failed to achieve end-of-course assessment graduation requirements for no more than two courses may graduate high school. The adopted amendment to §89.1070, Graduation Requirements, addresses this change in time frame.

Contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net for more information about graduation for students with disabilities.

 

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