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Grading, Reporting, Graduating...and the Law

This easy-to-read flipbook helps teachers and administrators understand and implement the legal requirements of grading, reporting, and graduating for all students.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071803066
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: May 11, 2020

Price: $21.95



Your quick flipbook guide to grades, report cards, and graduation requirements

The legal issues around grading, reporting, and graduating can be complex, and it is important that educators clearly understand them in order to implement best practices for students.

Written by teacher-turned-lawyer Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, this easy-to-read flipbook helps K-12 teachers and administrators gain confidence in how they implement and understand the legal requirements of grading, reporting, and graduating, and helps parents support their children in school. Readers will learn:

  • How to handle the legal requirements for accessible and valid grades, report cards, transcripts, honors, and diplomas for all students, including those with disabilities
  • How to provide and receive honest feedback that inspires trust
  • How to explain legal requirements to colleagues, students, and parents in plain language

With its glossary and list of relevant case law, this handy and inspiring guide will help readers confidently handle difficult issues like graduation requirements, weighted grades, testing accommodations, modifications and adaptations, and more—freeing them to focus on better teaching and learning for all students.



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Miriam Kurtzig Freedman

Passionate to help our public schools be excellent for ALL students, attorney Miriam Kurtzig Freedman works with people who want better schools and helps practitioners move from confusion to confidence when dealing with legal requirements. Why? So they can get back to the all-important mission of education!

Miriam has authored eight books and had contributed articles to The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, the Journal of Law and Education, the University of Chicago Law Review on line, among other publications. She also contributes to Medium.com.

A school attorney, Miriam is of counsel to the Boston law firm of Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP. She provides clients and national audiences with lively and practical keynotes, training, and consultation—all in “plain English!” A former teacher, Miriam “gets” it--what school folks need to know and do.

Miriam co-founded the annual Special Education Day (December 2) to both celebrate the success of special education and to spur reform. info@specialeducationday.com. Among its reforms is SpedEx, the successful, voluntary, trust-building, child-centered dispute resolution model. A summary of her writing, speaking, and consulting is available at www.schoollawpro.com.

She received her law degree from New York University, masters from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and bachelor of arts from Barnard College (Columbia University). When not engaged in public education activities, Miriam loves to hang out at the cafe and spend time with her family, especially her granddaughter!

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author

Author’s Acknowledgments


Introduction: You’re kidding! Another law book for educators and parents! We’ve had enough!

Chapter 1. What are the legal requirements for grades and report cards, and setting policy—for all students, general and special education?

Chapter 2. Getting more specific about grading policies and promotion/retention

Chapter 3. Graduation requirements: Graduation, ceremony, diplomas

Chapter 4. For students with disabilities: Section 504, ESSA, and the IDEA

Chapter 5. What are accommodations and modifications?

Chapter 6. Report cards, transcripts, honors, graduation, and diplomas: What’s okay?


Additional Resources

References and Cases



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