Although federal and California law guarantee each elementary and secondary student a "free and appropriate education," California has decided to implement high stakes exit exams that arguably deny students this right. The Individualized Education Plan team members are guardians of a child's free and appropriate education and best understand the disabled student's academic abilities and achievements. By deferring to the Individualized Education Plan team, students with learning disabilities would have equal access to learning, equal opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, and equal privileges that accompany a high school graduation.
A. Angelique Aitken,
A High Stakes Mistake: Ignoring the IEP Team's Recommendations in Implementing California's High School Exit Exams,
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