State to Propose New Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

In a proposal that the Board of Regents will discuss at its meeting next week, the State Education Department has suggested creating a new safety net for students with disabilities, many of whom could fail to graduate from high school once they must take the more difficult exams.

Under this plan, which would first affect students who entered ninth grade in 2011, students could earn diplomas one of three ways. They could score between a 55-64 on five Regents exams — an option available to them now; they could use a high score on one exam to compensate for a low one on another; or they could swap and take an extra math or science Regents in place of the Global History exam, which is notoriously difficult.

via State to Propose New Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities – SchoolBook.

Autism Awareness: Growing Older with Autism

Part IV in a series – this video focuses on the challenges people with autism may face as they reach high school and beyond. Guests include:

  • Jaime French – Step Forward Program, Gateway Community College
  • Allene Nicolari – Coordinator of Special Education, Guilford High School
  • Sara Reed – Autism Society of Connecticut

Produced for Guilford Community Television by Tony Fappiano