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Unformatted text preview: ng the same content in the same environment as students without identified disabilities can those with SLD be ensured equal access. A focus on including students with SLD in the general education curricula will become even more important as Kansas — like most states — moves to full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in the 2013-2014 school year. Allowances for Extra Time Implementation of the new Four-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, now required to be used by all states, presents some challenges for high schools when it comes to students with disabilities. Kansas quickly recognized these challenges and responded with two policies that don’t penalize schools for providing appropriate services to students with disabilities. First, Kansas developed a separate exit code which allows schools to continue to serve students with disabilities who have completed the graduation requirements for a regular diploma. These are students who need additional services to assist in their transition to postsecondary education or work, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. If counted...
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