The Exit Document is a companion
document to the Maryland High School Diploma or Maryland
High School Certificate of Completion. All students
with disabilities who are receiving special education
services will receive the Exit Document when
they graduate or exit from their school system.
The recent reauthorization of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004
included language requiring that all students with disabilities who have
Individualized Education Programs (IEP) receive a Summary of Performance, which
is defined as: "A local education agency shall provide a summary of
the child's academic achievement and functional performance, which shall include
recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child's postsecondary
The Maryland Code of Regulations (COMAR), which are the regulations for the Maryland
state laws, refers to the Summary of Performance as the Exit Document.
The Exit Document is intended to
provide information about the student's high
school experience, as well as the anticipated
supports that the student may need when transitioning
to the next phase of his/her life.
The Exit Document
is intended to serve as a snapshot at the time the
student graduates/exits school. It is not intended
to serve as documentation of required supports, interests,
or preferences for the student's entire life span.
The Exit Document can serve as a
way to help the student voice the supports that he/she
may need to postsecondary institutions, employers,
or adult service providers.
a student with a disability who is receiving special
is entitled to receive educational
services including accommodations/modifications as
indicated on the
student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). However,
a student with a disability who is receiving
special education services graduates with the Maryland
High School Diploma or exits the school system with
the Maryland High School Certificate of Completion
must meet eligibility criteria of
the employers, postsecondary institutions, and/or
adult service providers
in order to receive support services or accommodations.
What does this mean?
1. The graduating/exiting student with a disability
must provide information and documentation
of his/her disability to the employer, postsecondary
institution, or adult service provider.
2. The employer,
postsecondary institution, or adult service provider
will then make the determination regarding what type
of supports that the student is eligible to receive,
The Exit Document contains the following ten sections:
1. Demographic Information This
section provides basic demographic information
such as the students name, address, and phone number
2. Course of Study
This section highlights the student's curricular experiences.
3. Educational Supports This section
identifies the supports that have been the most significant
the student in his/her classes throughout high school,
and the antici¬ pated supports that the student
may need in post- secondary institutions.
Preferences This section provides the student with
the opportunity to identify his/her preferred job
and/or preferred working conditions.
Interests This section provides the student with the
opportunity to include favored extracurricular and
non-school related activities or other interests.
Personal Attributes This section identifies attributes
that best describe; the student.
7. Vocational Supports
This section identifies the supports that have been
the most significant in helping the student in his/her
job experiences throughout high school, and the anticipated
supports/services that the student may
need in future employment.
8. Work History This section
identifies the student's job/training experiences
throughout high school.
9. References This section
provides the student with the opportunity to include
personal/character references and/or employment
10. Skill Rating This section provides
information about the student's individual characteristics
and level of skill in three broad areas: Basic Academic
Skills, Personal Attributes, and Vocational Skills.
This document was developed and produced by the Maryland
State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of
Special Education / Early Intervention Services