Southeast Texas Cooperative for Special Services

Graduation Options: Every student in Texas graduates with a regular diploma


  Regular Graduation with TAKS or TAKS Accommodated

·         Received all instruction in general education curriculum (TEKS)

·         On grade level, no content modifications

·         Passed all classes with at least 70%

·         Passed TAKS or TAKS Accommodated

·         Graduation under Recommended or Distinguished Program



 Regular Graduation Participation on Exit Level Assessment

·         Received all instruction in general education curriculum (TEKS)

·         All instruction on grade level, no content modification

·         Passed all classes with at least 70%

·         Participation in state and district-wide assessments (TAKS or TAKS Accommodated)

·         ARD Committee decision whether passing assessment is requirement for graduation

·         Graduation under Minimum Program



Graduation by IEP

Student successfully completes IEP as shown when:

·         IEP goals are mastered

·         Curriculum and credit requirements completed / mastered at 70%

·         Participation in state and district assessments

·         Demonstration of one of three conditions:

o    Full time Employment

o    Specific Employability and Self-Help skills

o    Access to Services not Provided by School

A) Full Time Employment

·        Full time employment as defined by ARD committee

·         Individualized according to the needs of the student

·         Not intended to replace academic instruction in core curriculum


B)    Specific Employability and Self-help Skills

Demonstration of:

·         Skills directly related to preparation of employment

·         Includes general skills to obtain/retain employment

·         ARD identifies skills and how student attains them

·         Could include academic, Career Technology Education, general career vocational skills, community-based vocational instruction, etc.



C)     Access to Services Not Provided by School

Demonstration of:

·         Access to services from identified service provider

·         Providing  (at time of graduation/will provide) services

·         Invite service provider to ARD

·         Provide documentation of approved access to services


Graduation by End of Age Eligibility

·         Student no longer meets age eligibility (age 21 on September 1)

·         Mastered IEP goals / objectives

·         Participated in state / district assessments