Changes to Virginia’s Diploma Options: What Parents Need to Know (PEATC: Virginia Diploma Issue Brief #1)


For Virginia’s special educations students, diploma options are changing. The Modified Standard diploma is no longer an option for students entering the ninth grade (or younger) in the 2013-2014 school year. If your son or daughter will be a ninth grader (or younger) this fall, and was aiming for a Modified Standard diploma, he or she will now be working toward a Standard diploma. The General Assembly amendment to the Code of Virginia raises expectations for students with disabilities. It emphasizes the development of college and workplace readiness skills for ALL students. When our children with special needs graduate with Standard diplomas they will have more opportunities for additional education and for employment.


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