February 5, 2018

From Nina Schutzman (Poughkeepsie Journal)

I was reading through the district's special education report from 2017, and saw mention of the graduation credentials pathways. I'd like to know the following:

  1. How many students graduated using an appeal option in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 years?
  2. Of those students who graduated with an appeal option in the school years mentioned, how many had an IEP plan in each school year?
  3. How many had a Section 504 plan in each school year?

Response from Michelle Cardwell

The WCSD graduated a total of *963 students in the 2015-2016 school year.  Nine (9) General Education students were granted an appeal (.09%) and five (5) students with an IEP were granted an appeal (.05%) of the total number of 963 students who successfully graduated.

With increased opportunities for pathways to graduation implemented by the NYSED, WCSD was able to graduate a total of *924 students in the 2016-2017 school year. Fifteen (15) General Education students were granted an appeal (1.6%) and eight (8) students with an IEP and one (1) student with a 504 were granted an appeal (.09%) of the total number of 924 students who successfully graduated.
 
*The graduation numbers represent students from John Jay, Orchard View and Roy C. Ketcham High Schools and it is inclusive of 4, 5 and 6 year cohort students.