• 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