Report shows Michigan schools only graduating 52 percent of special education students

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

An annual report of special education performance in Michigan shows that only about 52 percent of special-needs students are graduating with high school diplomas.

The report, mandated by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, reports on data from both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school year. Federal law requires a one-year delay on some of the data, including graduation rates, according to a news release from the Michigan Department of Education.

The target graduation rate for special-needs students with individual education plans is 80 percent, a goal that 130 school districts and charter schools met or exceeded. A total of 59 districts and charter schools had 100 percent graduation rates for special-needs students in 2010-11.

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