There are several factors that have directly contributed to the increase in the number of students with disabilities who have received a high school diploma. Maryland continues to build, implement, and sustain special education and related services with evidence-based practices related to self-advocacy, career exploration, paid work experiences, and system linkages. This will yield results in dropout prevention, re-entry, and school completion for these students. The Maryland State Department of Education is sensitive to myriad social, emotional and physical challenges often faced by students with disabilities, which if not addressed, can have an adverse impact on the dropout, truancy and suspension rates among this population. Ultimately, effective instruction is the most compelling predictor to decreasing dropout, truancy, and suspension/expulsion rates.