An adjusted diploma may scare a few, but it shouldn’t. But some parents, teachers, students, and administrators are very familiar with what an adjusted diploma is. An adjusted diploma is still considered a high school diploma and the adjustments are shown on the high school transcript. In order for a student to be qualified to earn an adjusted diploma, there is a team who makes the decision. The people are on that team can be the administrator assigned to the Special Education department of the school, the Special Education department head of the school, the Special Education teacher that is assigned to the student, a general education teacher, the parent, and in some cases the student has a say (if they are 18). The Special Education team meets throughout the school year to help meet the needs of students who have/need an IEP (individualized education plan) to accommodate their disabilities. There are some students who learn differently than others but it shouldn’t make them stand out in a negative way. Students are evaluated at the request of the parent/guardian to see if the student meets the criteria for receiving an IEP. Once it is determined the student will receive an IEP, all classes must meet the accommodations. It’s a law! So if a student needs a little more time completing an assignment, and that is determined during the evaluation, then the teacher must accommodate. If the teacher or school does not accommodate, they will be out of compliance and in trouble. Schools take these IEPs very seriously as it is an integral part of the academic career of a student. With that said, most states tend to adapt their own laws regarding IEPs so researching is also important if you have a child who falls under the Special Education category. In some cases/states, there are accommodations that must be met during high school proficiency exams. However, it must be said that just because your child has an IEP, that doesn’t mean they have to receive an adjusted diploma. Many students with IEPs receive a standard diploma because in some cases, as these students get older, they recognize the importance of time management. IEPs are meant to help students, not harm them so please make the time to review the accommodations that go along with any IEP with the appropriate faculty and staff and your child's school.