The board shall permit a student with a disability, who has attended four (4) years of high school, to participate in commencement ceremonies with his/her graduating class and receive a certificate of attendance, even if the student’s IEP prescribes continued educational services. The student may receive a high school diploma when he/she completes his/her IEP. A requirement for graduation shall be the completion of required assessments, work, and studies representing the instructional program which are aligned to established academic standards.
All students identified with a disability and IEP must take the Keystone Exams or Pennsylvania Alternate State Assessment (PASA). If a student with a disability is exempted from the Keystone Exam or PASA for religious reasons, a local assessment will be administered in place of the Keystone Exam. This participation is required to meet federal requirements and district graduation guidelines. The sequence of retake requirements will be addressed on a case-by-case basis by the IEP team. Because of the legal requirements of providing a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE), special education students will be encouraged to participate in the same sequence of courses, testing, and supplemental instruction as general education students. If performance results and an analysis of available data (e.g., PVAAS projections) indicate a low probability of proficiency on the Keystone Exam, other options will be considered on a case-by-case basis.