100.6 Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year and thereafter, the board of education or trustees of a school district shall, and the principal of a nonpublic school may, issue a skills and achievement commencement credential to a student who has taken the State assessment for students with severe disabilities, as defined in section 100.1(t)(2)(iv) of this Part, in accordance with the following provisions:
- Prior to awarding the skills and achievement commencement credential, the governing body of the school district or nonpublic school shall ensure that:
- the student has been recommended by the committee on special education to take the alternate assessment in lieu of a required State assessment;
- such student meets the definition of a student with a severe disability as defined in section 100.1(t)(2)(iv); and
- the student has been afforded appropriate opportunities to participate in community experiences and development of employment and other instructional activities to prepare the student for post-secondary living, learning and employment.
- The credential may be issued at any time after such student has attended school for at least 12 years, excluding kindergarten, or has received a substantially equivalent education elsewhere, or at the end of the school year in which a student attains the age of 21.
- The credential shall be similar in form to the diploma issued by the school district or nonpublic school, except that there shall appear on such credential a clear annotation to indicate that the credential is based on achievement of alternate academic achievement standards.
- The credential shall be issued together with a summary of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance, as required pursuant to section 200.4(c)(4) of this Title, that includes documentation of:
- the student’s level of achievement and independence for each of the career development and occupational studies learning standards set forth in section 100.1(t)(1)(vii)(a), (b) and (c) of this Part including, but not limited to: career development; integrated learning; universal foundation skills that include basic skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, math and functional math; thinking skills; personal qualities; interpersonal skills; use of technology; managing information and resources; systems skills;
- the student’s academic skills, as measured by the State assessment for students with severe disabilities; and
- the student’s strengths and interests and, as appropriate, other student achievements and accomplishments.
School districts may use the State model form developed by the commissioner for the summary of academic and functional performance or a locally-developed form that meets the requirements of this subdivision.
- If the student receiving a credential is less than 21 years of age, such credential shall be accompanied by a written statement of assurance that the student named as its recipient shall continue to be eligible to attend the public schools of the school district in which the student resides without the payment of tuition until the student has earned a regular high school diploma or until the end of the school year in which such student turns age 21, whichever shall occur first.