Standard diploma is the diploma granted to all students, including students with disabilities, who meet state standards and requirements. All students entering 9th grade during the 2014-15 school year and after must work toward a standard diploma.
Legislation passed in Florida during the 2014 session required that the State Board of Education create rules regarding additional ways in which students with disabilities, beginning with the 2014-2015 ninth grade cohort, may earn a standard diploma. Consequently, in addition to the standard diploma options available to all students, there are two additional standard diploma options available only to students with disabilities with an IEP. The first is a 24 credit standard diploma with academic and employment options. The second is a 24 credit standard diploma with access courses and alternate assessment. Criteria for these options are presented in this guide. Also see the related technical assistance paper here.
Standard Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities: 24-Credit with Academic and Employment Options
The 24-credit standard diploma with academic and employment options is a standard diploma option that is available only to students with a disability who have an IEP.
Standard Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities: 24-Credit with Access Courses and Alternate Assessment
This 24-credit standard diploma with is a standard diploma options that is available only to students with significant cognitive disabilities who take access courses and the alternate assessment.
Standard Diploma with State Standardized Testing Waiver
Florida has specific procedures that must be followed for a student to be eligible for a Standard Diploma with the state standardized testing waiver. This diploma may be granted to students with disabilities 12 who earn the specified number of credits and grade point average, meet the Florida Standards and meet any other school district graduation requirements, but have not passed state standardized testing and for whom the IEP team has decided that the state standardized testing is not an accurate measure of the student’s achievement.