Graduation Options for Students with Disabilities

Since 2009 Ohio law has provided additional options or pathways to graduation beside the statewide assessment participation requirements and units of credit. Students with disabilities now have four pathways to meet graduation requirements:

  • As a part of the transition planning process an IEP team for a student with a disability who enters the ninth grade on or after July 1, 2010 may decide that based on the student’s post-secondary goals he or she will complete the required Ohio Core coursework. If accommodations are needed in these courses, they should be indicated on the student’s IEP. The IEP team also may consider using education options described in the information about the Core coursework to assist the student in meeting the course requirements. Core coursework should be noted in the postsecondary transition planning section under “Course of Study” on the student’s IEP.
  • An IEP team for a student with a disability who enters the ninth grade prior to July 1, 2010 may decide that based on the student’s post-secondary goals he or she will complete the high school curriculum of 20 units that was in place prior to the Ohio Core Curriculum as outlined in ORC 3313.603 (B). This should be noted in the postsecondary transition planning section under “Course of Study” on the student’s IEP.
  • Based on the student’s goals identified in his or her postsecondary transition plan, the IEP team may decide to use the opt-out provision for the required Core coursework for a student with a disability who enters ninth grade on or after July 1, 2010, and before July 1, 2014. The student would complete courses needed to meet the goals for employment or post-secondary education indicated on his or her transition plan on the IEP. This should be noted in the postsecondary transition planning section under “Course of Study” on the student’s IEP.
  • The IEP team may decide that a student with a disability will meet graduation requirements by successfully meeting the goals on the student’s standards-based IEP, as permitted by section ORC §3313.61(A)(1). This option is intended only for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This should be noted in the postsecondary transition planning section of the student’s IEP.

Last Modified: 8/25/2014 1:19:57 PM