ALTERNATE JUMP START DIPLOMA PATHWAYS
While most students with disabilities will follow either the TOPS University or the traditional Jump Start pathway to a diploma, certain students with disabilities will be eligible for alternate pathways to a diploma using the provisions of Act 833 (2014) or due to their being assessed on LAA1.
The following steps will support planning an appropriate high school experience for all students with disabilities that results in post-high school success:
JUMP START - TRADITIONAL PATHWAY
Planning for students with disabilities pursuing the traditional pathway is the same as planning for any other student pursuing the traditional Jump Start pathway.
JUMP START - ACT 833 ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY
Students eligible for an alternative pathway to a Jump Start diploma pathway must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
Planning for students on the Act 833 alternative pathway is very similar to planning for students on the traditional pathway. The key difference is the IEP team determines appropriate exit goals, credentials, and individual performance criteria for classroom and EOC assessments the student must meet in order to achieve the standard diploma requirements.
JUMP START - ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY FOR STUDENTS ASSESSED ON THE LAA1
Students who take the LAA1 are eligible to pursue this alternative pathway to a diploma.
Planning for students on the LAA1 alternative pathway is very similar to planning for students on the traditional pathway. The key difference is the student has to meet an alternate set of requirements for the purposes of graduation.