Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Dates: April 07, 2021 10:45pm to 10:45pm

Dear Tribal Leader:

On March 2, 2021, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) hosted a Tribal consultation regarding two draft BIE policies: (I) Draft Progress and Promotion Policy, and (2) Draft Certificate of Completion Policy. The BIE is now planning an additional Tribal consultation session and would like to invite you to participate.

In an effort to ensure that student s' progress through the levels of their elementary and secondary education with unbiased judgment and adequate transparency for both students and parents, the BIE has developed two draft policies regarding student progress, promotion, and certificates of completion. The purpose of these two policies is to make certain that student  promotion is based on the meeting of minimum standards, with high school graduation marking the culmination of a student's K-12 education, in recognition of all the learning that occurred during that journey . The conference of a diploma serves as a foundation for the next phase of a young person's life, further education and career.

Nevertheless, BIE understands that in some instances students with the most significant cognitive disabilities may not be able to meet the requirements of a standard high school diploma. In such instances, BIE desires to give students access to a certificate of completion. The BIE encourages schools/districts to support students with disabilities in seeking and obtaining a standard high school diploma whenever possible. However, BIE recognizes that for some students with the most significant cognitive disabilities a certificate of completion may be appropriate.

The draft policies are available for review at: under ''Part 33 Draft Policy Certificate of Completion" and " Part 33 Draft Policy Student Progress/Promotion."

BIE Student Progress and Promotion Policy and BIE Certificate of Completion Policy:

Session TypeDateTimeCall-In NumberPasscode
Tribal ConsultationMay 11 , 20211:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET800-857-50556951606
PublicMay 11 , 20212:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. ET800-857-50556951606

Written input:

  • Email (preferred):
  • Mail (if email not possible): Mr. Travis Clark , 1849 C Street, NW, MS 3609, Washington, DC 20240

Comment deadline: May 20, 2021

If you have any questions or need assistance , you may contact, Mr. Travis Clark, BIE Chief Performance Officer, by email at: travis.clark or by phone: (571) 926-6998.


Bryan Newland
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

Youth facing away from the camera wearing Navajo traditional hairtie and woven rug tapestry dress and silver and turquoise jewelry. Native Youth at Promotion Day Celebration

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