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Unformatted text preview: more than 2.2 million students. Yet only 68% graduate
with a regular diploma each year. The report shows how the policy of some states to
offer a variety of diplomas actually can result in fewer students with SLD graduating.
Ultimately, our report clearly shows that there are still far too many students with
specific learning disabilities dropping out of school or receiving certificates of
completion. Neither option gives students a viable pathway to higher education or
Repeated surveys have documented how students with SLD are misunderstood,
underestimated and held to low expectations by teachers and even their own parents.
And yet a majority of the students themselves report that they believe they will
graduate with a regular diploma. Too often they are moved off a diploma track as
early as elementary school. This must change.
Because we live in a society and an economy that deem a regular diploma a
necessity, we call on policy makers, school leaders and parents to embrace this
report’s findings and use them to transform schools so that students with SLD
graduate with a...
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- Spring '14