Certificates of Completion
It is that time of year again when the District Office of Transition Services will be sending pre-printed Certificates of Completion to high schools. Here are some reminders about Certificates of Completion:
Students with an IEP can earn a certificate of completion by meeting any one of the following conditions:
- Satisfactory completion of credits of a prescribed alternative course of study as identified on the student’s IEP (210 credits for Class of 2016 and beyond); or
- Satisfactory achievement of his/her IEP goals and objectives during high school as determined by the IEP team; or
- Satisfactory high school attendance, participation in the instruction prescribed in his/her IEP, and achievement of the transition goals and objectives.
Our office prints certificates of completion for current students in class of 2016 or earlier years.
- Students who earn a certificate of completion may continue to pursue a diploma and are eligible to continue receiving special education services through 22 years of age. The certificate is not an “end of services” document - it is an achievement on the way to earning a diploma for students who meet the requirements.
- It does not matter if students are on the general education curriculum or alternate curriculum - both groups are eligible to earn certificates of completion.
- Students with disabilities who qualify for a certificate of completion are eligible to participate in one graduation ceremony and any school activity related to graduation in which students of similar age without disabilities would be eligible to participate.
We anticipate a new reference guide will be published in May. Last year’s guide is REF-6056.2.