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AWARD OF CREDIT

The award of credit for a course affirms that a student has satisfactorily met state and local requirements. 19 TAC 74.26(a)

Credit for courses for high school graduation may be earned only if the student received a grade equivalent to 70 on a scale of 100, based upon the essential knowledge and skills of each course. Credit earned toward state graduation requirements by a student in an accredited school district shall be transferable and accepted by any other school district in the state. 19 TAC 74.26(a)(1), (c)

Early Award of Credit

The School may offer courses designated for grades 9-12 in earlier grade levels. Credit must be awarded if the student has demonstrated achievement by meeting the standard requirements of the course, including demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter, regardless of the time the student received instruction in the course or the grade level at which proficiency was attained. The academic achievement record shall reflect that students have satisfactorily completed courses at earlier grade levels from grades 9-12 and have been awarded state graduation credits. 19 TAC 74.26(b)

Partial Award

In accordance with district local policy, a student who is able to successfully complete only one semester of a two-semester course can be awarded credit proportionately. 19 TAC 74.26(d)

Attendance for Credit

Unless credit is awarded by the attendance committee or regained in accordance with a principal’s plan [see FEC], a student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. Education Code 25.092

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS – SPECIAL EDUCATION

Termination of Eligibility

A. Graduation with a regular high school diploma under subsection B.1, 2, or 4 of this section terminates a student's eligibility for special education services under this subchapter and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code, §§1400 et seq. In addition, as provided in Texas Education Code (TEC), §42.003(a), graduation with a regular high school diploma under subsection B. 1, 2, or 4 of this section terminates a student's entitlement to the benefits of the Foundation School Program.

Special Education Graduation Requirements

B.   A student receiving special education services may graduate and be awarded a regular high school diploma if the student meets one of the following conditions:

Completed Regular State Standards for Recommended or Distinguished Programs

1.   The student has satisfactorily completed the state's or district's (whichever is greater) required standards in Chapters 110-128 and Chapter 130 of this title and credit requirements for graduation (under the recommended or distinguished achievement high school programs in Chapter 74 of this title (relating to Curriculum Requirements)) applicable to students in general education, including satisfactory performance as established in the TEC, Chapter 39, on the required state assessments.

Completed State Standards for Minimum Program

2.   The student has satisfactorily completed the state's or district's (whichever is greater) required standards in Chapters 110-128 and Chapter 130 of this title and credit requirements for graduation (under the minimum high school program in Chapter 74 of this title) applicable to students in general education, including participation in required state assessments. The student's admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee will determine whether satisfactory performance on the required state assessments is necessary for graduation.

Completed IEP Requirements and Modified State Standards for Minimum Program

3.   The student has satisfactorily completed the state's or district's (whichever is greater) required standards in Chapters 110-128 and Chapter 130 of this title through courses, one or more of which contain modified content that is aligned to the standards required under the minimum high school program in Chapter 74 of this title as well as the credit requirements under the minimum high school program, including participation in required state assessments. The student's ARD committee will determine whether satisfactory performance on the required state assessments is necessary for graduation. The student graduating under this subsection must also successfully complete the student's individualized education program (IEP) and meet one of the following conditions, consistent with the IEP:

  1. full-time employment, based on the student's abilities and local employment opportunities, in addition to sufficient self-help skills to enable the student to maintain the employment without direct and ongoing educational support of the local school district;
  2. demonstrated mastery of specific employability skills and self-help skills which do not require direct ongoing educational support of the local school district; or
  3.  access to services which are not within the legal responsibility of public education or employment or educational options for which the student has been prepared by the academic program.

Completed IEP and Ages Out

4.   The student no longer meets age eligibility requirements and has completed the requirements specified in the IEP.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT RECORD

The School shall use the academic achievement record (transcript) form designated by the State Board. This form shall serve as the academic record for each student and shall be maintained permanently by the School.

Any credit earned by a student must be recorded on the academic achievement record, regardless of when the credit was earned. A student’s performance on a state assessment, including an end-of-course assessment instrument required under Education Code 39.023(c) [see EKB],must be included in the student’s academic achievement record.

Copies of the record shall be made available to students transferring from the School. The information may be provided to the student or to the district to which the student is transferring, or both. The School shall respond promptly to all requests for student records from receiving districts. [See also FD, FDA, and FL]

Education Code 28.025(e); 39.023(c-5); 19 TAC 74.14(b)-(c), 101.81

EARLY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

For purposes of the Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program, a student who does not satisfy the curriculum requirements for a recommended or advanced high school program is considered to have satisfied those requirements if the high school from which the student graduated indicates on the student's transcript that the student was unable to complete the appropriate curriculum within the time prescribed solely because of a reason beyond the student's control, such as lack of enrollment capacity or a shortage of qualified teachers.

Education Code 56.203(d)

TRANSCRIPT SEALS

Students who complete high school graduation requirements shall have attached to the academic achievement record the State Board-approved seal.

CERTIFICATE OF COURSEWORK COMPLETION

A student who completes all graduation requirements except for required exit-level examinations may be issued a certificate of coursework completion. The academic achievement record shall include a notation of the date a certificate of completion was issued to the student.

Education Code 28.025(d); 19 TAC 74.14 (d)-(e)

Adopted:          9/21/84

Amended:        10/25/85, 1/23/87, 1/26/90, 9/27/90, 5/26/94, 11/15/96, 4/1/05, 1/26/07, 6/5/13

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