Deferral of Receipt of the Standard Diploma
Deferring the receipt of the standard diploma is done in order to continue to receive services under FAPE. There
are two parts to deferral of the standard diploma. First, a student must have an IEP that “prescribes special
education, transition planning, transition services, or related services through 21.” This is being interpreted to
mean that a student must require services to be successful. Second, a student must be enrolled in one of several
specific educational programs. The majority of students who earn a standard diploma via an option open to all
students will not meet these criteria.