Deserving of a High School Diploma and not just a Certificate of Completion

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Today I opened up my 16 year old son's IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and saw, written boldly, that he will not receive a high school diploma but merely a certificate of completion because he cannot pass the MCAS testing, which is a requirement. My son is high functioning autistic, rarely misses a day of school, is in many mainstream classes, and has made the Honor Roll so many times since starting high school that I lost count. He works as hard (not necessarily harder) as students who do NOT face challenges in their education.

To tell my son, who is intelligent, kind, and hard-working, that he won't receive a high school diploma because he cannot pass a test that wasn't designed to be inclusive, should violate our sense of right and wrong. It may not violate any rights, but it should shock our senses. Special Education students shouldn't be excluded simply because their ability to learn is different from others.  I would like to get signatures to get the D.O.E. to reconsider their stance on this. My son is a Sophomore and I have 2 years to get this done. Thank you for considering signing. If you could share it, it would be appreciated. 



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