Diploma Options & Requirements

ALERT-NEW LEGISLATION

Legislation passed in 2014 requires additional ways in which students with disabilities beginning with the 2014-15 ninth grade class, may earn a standard diploma. The special diploma statute has been repealed, effective July 1, 2015. Information is posted on the FLDOE website http://fldoe.org/ese. Information on graduation requirements for students entering ninth grade, beginning year 2011-12 to 2014-15, is posted on http://www.fldoe.org/bii/studentpro/grad-require.asp.

All students entering high school 2014-2015 school year, or later, will pursue a standard diploma. The current high school diplomas are listed below:

Standard High School Diploma – In accordance with s. 1003.4282(1)-(9) F.S. (24 credit option available to ALL students.)

Standard High School Diploma – In accordance with s. 1002.3105(5), F.S. (18 credit ACCEL option available to ALL students.)

Standard High School Diploma – In accordance with s. 1003.4282(11), F.S. (Available only to students with disabilities.)

For students wtih disabilities, the IEP team can determine if a student would recieve a standard diploma in alignment iwth alternate assessment or a standard diploma in alignment with employment competencies. THese diploma descriptions are below:

S. 1003.4282(11)(b)1. is available only to "a student with a disability for whom the IEP team has determined that the Florida Alternate Assessment is the most appropriate measure of the student’s skills."

S. 1003.4282(11)(b)2. is available only to "a student with a disability for whom the IEP team has determined that mastery of academic and employment competencies is the most appropriate way for the student to demonstrate his or her skills.")

*Senate Bill 850 repealed the Special Diploma options effective July 1, 2015. These options are available to students who were enrolled in grade 9 or higher prior to the 2014-15 school year and had an IEP in place on the effective date of the law (June 20, 2014) that stated the student was pursuing a Special Diploma.