This page provides information and rules about
graduation requirements for students with disabilities who receive special
The links below list specific rules for
graduation depending on when the student entered ninth grade:
Graduation options for students with
disabilities receiving special education services who entered grade 9 beginning
with the 2011-2012 school year
Graduation options for students with
disabilities receiving special education services who entered grade 9 before
the 2011-2012 school year
Students who entered the ninth grade prior to 2014-2015 may
graduate and receive a high school diploma when one of the four conditions
below is met.
student completes minimum credit and curriculum requirements applicable to
students in general education, as specified in 19 TAC Chapter 74, and passes
the exit-level assessment (19 TAC § 89.1070(b)(1)).
student completes minimum credit and curriculum requirements for students
in general education and participates in required assessments. The
student’s admission, review and dismissal (ARD) committee must determine
whether satisfactory performance on required assessments is required for
graduation (19 TAC § 89.1070(b)(2)). Note that courses with modified
content apply to the minimum high school program only and cannot be
counted toward the recommended or distinguished programs.
student no longer meets age eligibility requirements and has completed the
requirements specified in the IEP (19 TAC §89.1070(d)).
credit requirements for students in general education;
curriculum requirements to the extent possible, as determined by the ARD
specified in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) including one of
the following conditions outlined in the IEP:
employment and sufficient self-help skills to maintain employment
without direct and ongoing support from the school district;
of specific employability and self-help skills that do not require
direct ongoing support from the school district; or
to services that are not within the legal responsibility of public
education or to employment or educational options for which the student
has been prepared by the academic program.
Performance on Required State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
A student who is dismissed from special
education services before graduation from high school must perform
satisfactorily on any remaining general assessments (i.e., STAAR® or STAAR A) taken after the student is dismissed from special education. ARD committees should have confidence that a student who is dismissed from special education will be able to successfully complete all of the requirements for high school graduation, including satisfactory performance on any remaining end-of-course assessments.
Participation of Students
with Disabilities in Graduation Ceremonies
Students with disabilities may participate in
a graduation ceremony after completing four years of high school (TEC § 28.025
The following are some state resources about graduation:
Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Codes
The following Texas Education Code (state law) and Texas Administrative Codes (State Board of Education and Commissioner's Rules) are about graduation:
Technical Assistance and Training
The following areas provide technical assistance or training about graduation:
- Student Assessment Division
Email Contacts: You may search the Student Assessment
Division's list of contacts by specific subject area. Carefully selecting
the contact may impact the timeliness of a response. If your question is
urgent, please contact the division directly by phone at (512) 463-9536.
- The Legal Framework for
the Child-Centered Special Education Process: Parents and educators can find useful
information by topic at the Texas Legal
Framework. A framework addressing a Personal
Gradation Plan may be helpful as you research this topic.