Nationally, only 63% of students with disabilities graduated high school in 2014. Possible causes are lowered expectations of students with disabilities starting in primary school, especially when coupled with high standards and competencies required for high school graduation.
On Dec. 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a long-awaited overhaul of federal education law. Passed with bipartisan support, ESSA represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision making at the state and local levels. The law replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.