Graduation and Students With Disabilities


The Guidance Documents for Parents and Public Education Agencies are currently being revised to include guidance regarding Arizona’s new state assessment, AzMERIT. Beginning in Spring 2015, students will take the AzMERIT in place of the AIMS and passing test results on the AzMERIT will not be required in order to graduate with a high school diploma. See this website for more information:

For questions related to graduation for students with disabilities, please contact Alissa Trollinger, Director of Special Projects for ADE/ESS, at 602-364-4004 or via email at [email protected].


Graduation and
     Students with Disabilities:     
A Guide for Parents

Graduation and
Students with Disabilities:
  A Guide for Public Education Agencies

General Resources

Raising Special Kids

ADE/ESS Secondary Transition

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Graduation Links on the Arizona Department of Education Website

High School Graduation Requirements (State Board of Education)

Revisions to Graduation Requirements (October 21, 2011)

AIMS High School Graduation Requirements (August 2, 2012)

AIMS High School Graduation Requirement College Entrance Exams Reciprocity (August 2, 2012)

Useful Secondary Transition Planning Resources

Overview of the Transition Planning Process (Flowchart)


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Last revision date 04/02/2013