In addition to the special education diploma requirements:
• Students must have a strong vocational and career focus.
• It is an IEP Team decision made on or after the conclusion of the 10th grade or 2 years prior to exiting high school.
• Students must successfully complete the Skills, Knowledge, and Experience Mastery Assessment (SKEMA).
This is not a regular education diploma but students may continue to work toward their regular high school diplomas while pursuing occupational diplomas or after receiving an occupational diploma.
Designed to provide access to rigorous and meaningful instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is aligned to the coursework and ACT requirements of the regular diploma. In order to earn the AAD, a student must:
have participated in the high school alternate state assessments;
earned the prescribed 22 credit minimum;
received special education services or supports and made satisfactory progress on an individualized education program (IEP);
have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct; and
completed a transition assessment(s) that measures, at a minimum, post-secondary education and training, employment, independent living, and community involvement.
Students can receive an Occupational Diploma as well as an Alternate Academic Diploma.