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A National Study on Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities (December 2004)
NCSET Topical Report
This Topical Report examines the results of a national study on the status of state high school graduation policies and diploma options for youth with disabilities. The study focused on state policies in relation to their intended benefits as well as possible unintended consequences for youth with disabilities. The study addresses issues concerning high school exit exams as well as single, multiple, and alternative diploma options. Available in PDF format (48 pages, 825 KB).

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities in High School (January 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
NCSET's Issue Briefs examine current challenges in secondary education and transition. The issue addressed is that fewer students with disabilities in middle schools and high schools use accommodations than students with disabilities in elementary schools. Written by Martha Thurlow of the National Center on Educational Outcomes.

Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities (February 2005)
NCSET Information Brief  
Diploma options represent alternative means of graduating from high school. This brief outlines the different types of diploma options, discusses the benefits of systems with single diploma options and those with multiple diploma options, and provides information about further resources on the topic.

High School Graduation Requirements and Students with Disabilities (February 2005)
NCSET Information Brief  
An increasingly common graduation requirement for secondary schools is a passing score on an exit examination. This brief outlines issues and controversies surrounding the use of exit examinations, including the reasons proponents support the use of such exams. The brief also lists some of the intended and unintended consequences of using such exams.

High Schools With Authentic and Inclusive Learning Practices: Selected Features and Findings (July 2003)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
This brief outlines the major findings of a research study conducted by the Research Institute on Secondary Education Reform (RISER) on authentic and inclusive learning practices at four high schools. Authentic learning practices involve students in using disciplined inquiry to construct in-depth knowledge for themselves and others, and inclusive learning refers to the use of developmentally and individually appropriate accommodations and supports. The brief also discusses the implications and challenges presented by the study's findings.

IDEA 1997: Implications for Secondary Education and Transition Services (July 2002)
NCSET Policy Update
This revision of the National Transition Policy Update from January 2000 presents the regulatory language and potential implications in eleven areas of the 1997 Amendments to the IDEA pertaining to the transition of students from school to adult life. This brief is a great resource for parents, teachers, administrators, and community service providers.

Teaching for Understanding (November 2003)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
While traditional lectures, exercises, and drills may help students memorize facts and formulas and get the right answers on tests, this time-honored style of teaching does not help students achieve the depth of understanding they need to understand complex ideas and apply knowledge in new settings or situations. This Research to Practice Brief outlines research regarding an approach called “teaching for understanding,” which strives to engender in students a depth of understanding on academic topics that enables them to apply the knowledge in various settings. Suggestions and resources for application of this approach are also provided.

What is Quality Education? Perspectives from Two Students and a Parent (December 2002)
NCSET Information Brief
The perspectives of parents and students are essential in evaluating the quality and effectiveness of education. The brief presents views on quality education from two individuals with disabilities and a parent of a youth with a disability. The authors offer rich and diverse views on how educational systems can best serve youth with disabilities.

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