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Document Number: 6165

Alternative Routes to the Standard Diploma - Of the 27 states that have or will have exit exams by the end of the decade, 16 say they have or will develop an alternate route to the standard diploma, according to the authors. This report examines numerous aspects of these alternate routes, including which students are eligible for it, the nature of the alternate route and the comparability of the alternate route and the standard diploma route. Policies are separated into those for all students and those for students with disabilities. Recommendations for states are provided, as are individual profiles of alternative route policies in most of the 27 states. Among the recommendations: (1) States with alternative routes to their standard diplomas must provide clear, easy-to-find information about the alternate route; (2) The alternative route must be based on the same beliefs and premises as the standard route to the diploma; and (3) The same route or routes should be available to all students. In many states, the authors note, the alternative route for students with disabilities is not comparable to the standard diploma route. (Jane Krentz, Martha Thurlow, Vitaliy Shyyan and Dorene Scott, National Center on Educational Outcomes, March 2005)...

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