Diploma Decision Guide


    This guide, for students with disabilities and their families, provides information about diplomas available in Indiana. Knowing about these options will help students and families decide on an appropriate academic course of study-- one that leads to a life after high school that builds on a student’s strengths, preferences, and interests.  

    Indiana Diploma Decision Guide 2019



Transition Services to Adult Life

  • The Case Conference Committee must develop a transition IEP that will be in effect when the student enters into grade 9 or becomes fourteen (14) years of age, whichever occurs first.   A Transition IEP is very similar to the IEP for younger students, but the main focus is to prepare the student for accomplishing his/her personal goals for when they leave high school. In addition to the things that must be included in any IEP, a Transition IEP includes:

    • Information from age appropriate transition assessments on the student’s strengths, preferences, and interests;
    • Measurable postsecondary goals (goals for “after high school”) related to training, education, employment, and (if appropriate) independent living skills;
    • Annual goals which are reasonably designed to enable the student to meet their postsecondary goals;
    • Courses of study (e.g., classes) that the student needs to take while in high school to reach his/her postsecondary goals;
    • Documentation of whether the student will work on a high school diploma or a certificate of completion;
    • The transition services needed to help him/her reach the postsecondary goals;
    • The names of the individuals or agencies who will provide the transition services; and
    • Documentation that the CCC reviewed information and provided information to the parent(s) on the kinds of adult services available through the state or local community, if appropriate.