Special needs students include:
* Physically challenged -- including those with various medical difficulties that make unable to walk or see or hear or manipulate their hands or speak.
* Mentally impaired -- those in the public schools usually have IQs in the 50s and 60s, which is much lower than the normal IQ of 100. These students usually function academically several grades below their peers.
* Emotionally impaired -- their needs often make them unable to learn to their potential or fit into a normal classroom or testing situation.
* Learning disabled -- these students have normal intelligence but have great difficulties learning in one or more areas.
Your question: Should special needs students be exempt from graduation exams? doesn't have a simple answer.
I urge you to read this article as you think about the question. I found it in the Google search that Writeacher posted for you.
After you've read this article, please post your thesis statement.
I suggest that the school follow each student's Child Study Committee and the IEP to determine who should take the graduation exam and under what conditions.