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Higher Grad Rate for Learning Disabled Californians, Work Still Needed


Posted on Jun 30, 2013

This May, the National Center for Learning Disabilities released a new study, “Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at Graduate Rates of Students with Learning Disabilities.” 

In part, the study reveals what parents and educators already know: young adults with learning disabilities face tremendous obstacles in successfully obtaining a high school education. Many will not be able to graduate with their peers. Many will not graduate at all.

Another issue the report examines, already well known to disability advocates, is that different states have different standards and benchmarks when it comes to educating students with disabilities—and it shows in the overall outcomes. 

California is one of the states where much work is needed; here, the graduation rate for students with disabilities is lower than the national average. These statistics on California high school graduates are based on a four-year examination, ending with the 2010 – 2011 school year:

  • The state reports an overall 76% graduation rate for all students.
  • Students with disabilities graduated at a 59% rate, unfavorably comparing with the national 68% average by a full 9%.

Though California has had significant improvements in graduating students with learning disabilities, there is still much work to be done. Included in the study were several recommendations, such as granting high school diplomas to students with disabilities instead of certificates that are less viable with colleges and employers and therefore less of an incentive.

If you have received a denial decision on your SSDI application and don’t know what to do next, talk with a Chico disability attorney today. Call 888-761-7383 to schedule a free consultation today.

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