Applied Studies Diploma
The Applied Studies Diploma is a diploma option available to students identified as having a disability who complete the requirements of their individualized education programs (IEPs) and meet certain requirements prescribed by the Board of Education pursuant to regulations, but do not meet the requirements for any named diploma.
The VDOE's new resource, Understanding the Applied Studies Diploma-This is a PDF document. is here to assist families with understanding everything they need to know related to this specific diploma option. An accessible Word document version-This is a Word document. as well as an accessible Spanish Word document version-This is a Word document., is also available.
The Applied Studies Curriculum Map (PDF) consists of a Guide-This is a Word document., and six domains that outline skills and competencies that IEP teams can use to identify the need for additional instruction to assist students in meeting their postsecondary goals. The domains include:
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- Mathematics-This is a Word document.
- Science-This is a Word document.
- History and Social Science-This is a Word document.
- Employment-This is a Word document.
- Independent Living-This is a Word document.
The skills outlined are not standards required to earn an Applied Studies Diploma but are intended to provide guidance to teams in aligning the student’s postsecondary goals with annual IEP goals. The Applied Studies Curriculum Map provides a guide that teachers, students, families, and other team members can use to identify skills that will have a direct impact on the student achieving their postsecondary goals.
- To provide statewide guidance to IEP teams to develop goals and objectives that will:
- provide the student with instruction that directly address deficits leading to their post-secondary goals;
- supplement instruction on state standards (Virginia Standards of Learning or Aligned Standards of Learning); and
- provide a mechanism for linking skills back to state standards.
- increase student participation, self-determination and motivation;
- inform parents/ guardians/ advocates of critical skills; and
- assist with long-term planning beginning as the student enters transition age.
- support opportunities for instruction in real-life scenarios;
- provide resources related to evidence based practices and data-based decision making; and
- increase use of authentic assessment.
Applied Studies Diploma Overview
This module provides an overview and history of the Applied Studies Curriculum Map and outline the purpose behind it.
Applied Studies Diploma Part 2: The Curriculum Map
Part two provides an overview of the curriculum map including the guide and competencies.
Applied Studies Diploma Part 3: Instruction
Part three will address the use of authentic assessment for developing goals as well as an introduction to evidence-based practices and predictors for post-school success.
Applied Studies Diploma Part 4: Planning & Reporting
Part four examines ways that teams can use the curriculum map in planning and developing goals and instruction. Additionally, an overview of the scoring criteria is reviewed.
Applied Studies Overview Survey
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