PA Law and Regulations

New BEC on Graduation Rates for Students with Disabilities

by Ernie Melcher

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently released a new Basic Education Circular (BEC) on the topic of graduation rates for students with disabilities. The Bureau of Special Education (BSE) was the only bureau consulted in the development of this BEC and current special education issues are addressed. It was the intention of the BSE to provide LEAs with a quick reference guide for graduation requirements for students with disabilities.

This BEC does not reflect any revised state or federal law, regulations or standards; rather, it provides local educational agencies (LEAs) with a summary of information regarding graduation requirements for students with disabilities and emphasizes that the regular high school diploma that is awarded to students with disabilities in Pennsylvania is fully aligned with the state’s academic content standards. Current graduation requirements and regulations are restated, clarified and prioritized for LEAs.

This new BEC is available at

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