Differential Graduation and Competency Standards for Students with Disabilities



The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team shall determine the appropriate standards and assessments, as well as the accommodations, that may be required for students with disabilities.

No student shall be classified as eligible for differential standards of proficiency for the purpose of circumventing the legal requirement to maintain academic eligibility for extra-curricular or co-curricular activities. (Education Code 35160.5)

High School Diploma and Certificate of Educational Achievement/Completion

A student with disabilities who is unable to meet the District standards and requirements for a standard diploma shall be granted a certificate of educational achievement if the student has met one (1) of the following requirements: (Education Code 56390-56393)

  1. satisfactorily completed a prescribed alternative course of study approved by the Governing Board of the District in which the student attended school or the District with jurisdiction over the student as identified in his/her IEP;
  2. satisfactorily met his/her goals and objectives during high school as identified in his/her IEP; or
  3. satisfactorily attended high school, participated in the instruction as prescribed in his/her IEP, and met the objectives of the statement of transition services.

In accordance with Education Code 56376, a student with disabilities who meets any of the criteria specified above shall be eligible to participate in any graduation ceremony and any school activity related to graduation in which a graduating student of similar age without disabilities would be eligible to participate.

Legal Reference:
Education Code
35160.5 Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities; differential standards
48980 Parental notifications
56000 Education of individuals with exceptional needs
56341 Individualized education program team
56345 Elements of the IEP
56375-56378 Certificate of completion, special education
60850-60856 High school exit exam
Code of Regulations, Title 5
3070 Graduation
United States Code, Title 20
1412 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34
300.1-300.756 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

First Reading: 12/8/04

Governing Board Adoption: 1/12/05

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