What does a high school diploma signify? Does it signify mastery of a specific subject set? An ability to succeed in college? An ability to obtain gainful employment? A high school diploma is a nationally accredited document, a document has benefits including, enabling a person to be eligible for federal financial aid and for entry level employment positions.Interestingly enough a high school diploma, although recognized nationally, does not have any national standards. Individual states set the requirements to earn a high school diploma.
[...] It will have a package component and once it is voted on will become its own entity This proposal calls for the creation of a board, a Special Education Graduation Requirements Committee, SEGRC, comprised of approximately ten individual experts to create an educational framework for students with disabilities. It will write guidelines based upon which a high school diploma can be awarded to a student on an IEP. These guidelines will be created using many resources but most importantly the frameworks already in place, the ones upon which the MCAS is based. [...]
[...] During education reform the Massachusetts State Legislature has determined that the competency determination requirement to be successful completion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing, The Department of Education has determined obtaining a score of 220 to be passing, in both the English Language Arts, herein after referred to as and Mathematics, herein after referred to as In 2010 a student will also be required to be proficient in social studies and science. Education is an important de-centralized aspect of government and our society. [...]
[...] The group of professionals will utilize Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks to ensure that they are creating appropriate special education guidelines under these frameworks. The MCAS test itself comes from these same frameworks. This group will be asked to be mindful of the variety of disabilities that students will have who will be using this alternative assessment as well as what qualifications are deserving of a high school diploma. An example of a qualification for passing the mathematics portion could be: participated in gainful part-time employment utilizing mathematics in real world experience without a job coach for at least six months. [...]
[...] They advocate for the continues high stakes testing and hold arguments that parents fight for their special education students to be included throughout their schooling, however when it comes to high stakes parents “automatically want their children to be held to a lower standard.” Proponents would like to see more subjects tested and are happy about the newly included components of physical and social sciences. Opponents of the MCAS constantly support policy that upholds high standards, but without the cost of high stakes. [...]
[...] After the first group of special education students graduates under the new frameworks the members of the Special Education Graduation Committee will evaluate successes and failures within the program, making appropriate changes to the frameworks. Audits After the first year, the SEGRC will review all of the Imps of students who were able to graduate high school under the new frameworks. The SEGRC will make sure that their intentions have been accomplished and that the integrity of the high school diploma has been maintained. [...]
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