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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Secondary school (new Sec. 300.36) (proposed Sec. 300.35)

Comment: One commenter requested clarification regarding the definition of secondary school and whether "grade 12" refers to the regular grade 12 curriculum aligned to State academic achievement standards under the ESEA or a limit on the number of years children with a disabilities can spend in school.

Discussion: The term "grade 12" in the definition of secondary school has the meaning given it under State law. It is not intended to impose a Federal limit on the number of years a child with a disability is allowed to complete his or her secondary education, as some children with disabilities may need more than 12 school years to complete their education.

Changes: None.