Grade 10 Students Passing Qualifying Exams —
Students Receiving Special Education Compared to
Students not Receiving Special Education, Spring 2010
The High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) measures minimum competencies of essential skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Passing all three sections of the HSGQE is part of the requirements to receive a diploma in the State of Alaska. Students must take the HSGQE for the first time in the spring of the 10th grade.
Figure DL-1 provides information about Alaskan 10th Grade students statewide who participated in the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. It shows that in 2010, the percentage of students receiving special education services and scoring above proficiency in reading, writing, and math was 48% to 64% lower than the percent of students not receiving special education and also scoring above proficiency. The subject with the least amount of disparity between these groups was reading.
Source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Assessments, Statewide Spring 2010 HSGQE