GENERAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE
SPECIFIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) covers students with disabilities until they graduate from high school or turn 21.
The student is sought out by the school.
Education is a mandatory.
The school district identifies students who need services.
The school district is responsible for providing remedial services and receives federal funding to do so.
Placement must be in the least restrictive environment, but may be in special classrooms or resource rooms.
The school district is responsible to conduct and pay for necessary assessments and evaluations at no charge to the student.
Parents must consent to evaluations and placement decisions.
The school district develops a comprehensive Individual Educational Plan.
The school district ensures that the plan is implemented.
Fundamental alteration to course content is allowed.
Special Education is provided as needed.
Personal services are provided as needed.
Decisions made by the educational team.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act covers college students.
The school is sought out by the student.
Education is voluntary.
Students identify themselves as needing services.
Remedial services are not required. No federal funding is provided for the provision of remedial services.
No special placement is provided. Students are mainstreamed in general classes.
The student is responsible to obtain the necessary assessments and evaluations and to provide the results to the college.
Parents are not necessarily consulted in the evaluation and placement process.
The student and the Special Needs advisor develop specific accommodations to meet educational need.
The student is responsible for following the plan.
Fundamental alteration to course content is not allowed.
Special Education is not provided.
Personal services are not provided.
Decisions made by the student.
Ability to compete orientation.