Michigan High School
Graduation Requirements
August 2006
Why…Economic Survival
• Our students face both national and international
competition
• Research shows many students are not prepared
to succeed in college or workplace
• Courses like Algebra II are new gateway to higher
paying jobs – True for Milan High!
• Michigan’s economic success is tied to a welleducated workforce
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History of High School Requirements
• Legislation signed by Governor
Granholm on April 20, 2006 created a
set of rigorous high school requirements
• State graduation requirements become
most comprehensive in nation
• New requirements effective Class of
2011 except for Languages other than
English: 2016
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Successful High School Programs
• High expectations
• Rigorous requirements
• Academic studies applied to real-world
situations and projects
• Challenging career/technical studies
• Work-based learning opportunities
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Overview of Michigan Merit Curriculum
2011 Requirements (2006 8th grade class)
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4 English Language Arts
4 Mathematics (1 in senior year)
3 Science
3 Social Studies
1 Physical Education/Health
1 Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts
On-line course/experience
2016 Requirements (2006 3rd grade class)
– 2 credits/experience in Languages other than
English
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MHS Current Requirements
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4.5 years of English (Speech)
3 years of Math, Science
4 years of Social Studies
1 credit of PE (half waived for participation)
Half Credit of Advisory, Technology, Health
5 Credits of Pathways (Jr. & Sr. Year)
Completion of MEAP test (Student must
earn a 1 or 2, or continue to attempt)
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Changes affecting MHS
• Visual/Fine/Applied
• Science
– vs. Career Pathways
Credits
– Biology,
Chem/Physics vs.
Life/Physical
Sciences
• Social Studies
– Geography concern
• PE
• Math
– Credit for Participation
– Algebra II
requirement
– Math in Senior Year
• Earning Credits at
MMS, Symons, Etc
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Michigan Merit Curriculum
• The Michigan Merit Curriculum represents the credits
required for graduation in specific subject areas and
learning experiences
– Course/Credit Content Expectations for:
 English Language Arts (9 & 10 approved / 11 & 12 by
January)
 Mathematics (approved)
 Science (approval pending)
 Social Studies (July 2007)
– Subject Area/Learning Experience Guidelines for:
 Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts (approved)
 Physical Education/Health (approved)
 Online Learning (pending approval)
 Languages other than English (2007)
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Online Requirement
• Requirement: No credit by law requires
online learning experience
• Guidelines for this learning experience
have been developed
– Credit or non-credit course or learning experience
OR…
– District has integrated online learning into each
credit area required for graduation
• MDE identifies basic level of technology and
internet access for requirement to be in effect
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Languages Other Than English
• Required for 2016:
– 2 credits in high school
OR..
– Course work or other learning experiences
prior to/during high school (K-12)
• American Sign Language (ASL) and
Heritage Languages qualify toward this
requirement
• Requirement may be met on-line
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What We Know
Performance Matters
Currently
What’s New
• Pass or fail
• Meet or exceed content
expectations
• Seat time
• Perform and
demonstrate competency
• Individual courses
• Assign credit based on
meeting expectations
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Courses vs. Credits
Student earns credit by:
• Successfully completing the learning
expectations in the Course/Credit Content
Expectations for the credit area
• Successful completion to be determined, in
part, by state or local district assessments
• “Testing out” allowed based on earning
qualifying score on state or local
assessments
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Courses vs. Credits, cont’d.
• Credit requirement can be met in variety
of ways and in other courses
– Career Technical Education
– Community based learning
– Independent study/project work
• High school credit may be earned for
high school level courses taken prior to
high school
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Courses vs. Credits, cont’d.
• Legislation does not prohibit student
satisfying credit requirements through:
– Dual enrollment
– Advanced Placement
– International Baccalaureate
– Other “early college” experiences or
programs
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Personal Curriculum
• Must meet high school requirements
except as designated by law
• Graduation requirements may be modified
through the “Personal Curriculum”
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Personal Curriculum
• Developed by team comprised of: the
student, parent/guardian, high school
counselor or staff member designated by
principal
• No age or grade level specified
• Should incorporate as much of graduation
requirements as practicable
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Personal Curriculum, cont’d.
• Shall include measurable goals and
evaluation
• Aligned with student’s Educational
Development Plan (EDP from 7th grade)
• Final plan must be approved by parents
and district superintendent
• Parents must communicate with teachers
once each quarter to assess progress
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Personal Curriculum
Description
Personal Curriculum
(Modification)
Credits
Subject Area
4 Credits
English Language
Arts
Aligned with subject area content
expectations developed by the
Department and approved by the
State Board of Education
No modification
4 Credits
Mathematics
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
1 additional math or math-related
credit
Math or math-related credit in the
final year
All students must:
•Complete at least 3.5 math or
math-related credits
•Complete a math or math-related
credit in the final year
Algebra 2 modification
options:
•Complete 2.5 credits including .5
credit of Algebra II
OR
•Complete a two year Career and
Technical education curriculum
which includes .5 credit of Algebra
II content
OR
•Complete Algebra 2 over 2 years
with credit given for each year
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Personal Curriculum
Credits
Subject Area
Description
Personal Curriculum
(Modification)
3 Credits
Science
Biology
Chemistry or Physics
1 additional Science credit
No modification
3 Credits
Social Studies
.5 Civics
.5 Economics
US History and Geography
World History and Geography
No modification of Civics
Credit guidelines developed by
the Michigan Department of
Education
Modification only if student
takes additional credit(s) beyond
the required credits in English
Language Arts, Math, Science, or
World Languages
1 Credit
Health and
Physical
Education
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2 credits must be earned
Modified only if student takes
additional credit(s) beyond the
required credits in English
Language Arts, Math, Science, or
World Languages
Personal Curriculum
Credits
Subject Area
Description
Personal Curriculum
(Modification)
1 Credit
Visual,
Performing,
Applied Arts
Credit guidelines developed by
the Michigan Department of
Education
Modification only if student
takes additional credit(s) beyond
the required credits in English
Language Arts, Math, Science, or
World Languages
2 Credits
World
Languages
Begins with the Class of
2016
Credits earned in grades 9-12
OR
An equivalent learning
experience in grades K-12
No modification
Online Learning
Experience
Online course or learning
experience
OR
Online experience is
incorporated into each of the
required credits
No modification
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Special Education
• All graduation requirements apply
• Student’s IEP supports the student to
achieve graduation
• The IEP must identify the appropriate
supports to successfully complete the
Michigan Merit Curriculum or through a
Personal Curriculum
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Support for Students At Risk
Students at risk of failure or dropping out
• District must provide parents information
on tutoring, support, counseling services
that are available, such as:
– 31A programs/services
– Services required through NCLB (if school
receives Title 1 funds)
– Other school/district-based services
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School Accreditation
• State accreditation of high schools dependent
upon schools providing opportunities to meet
all graduation requirements
• Beginning 2008-09 school year, no high
school will be accredited unless such
opportunities are provided
• Law provides for consequences for schools
failing to be accredited for 3 consecutive
years
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MDE Obligations, cont’d.
• Within 3 years develop or select and
approve assessments that may be used
by the district for the Course/Credit
requirements (at a minimum) in:
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English Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
• Develop guidelines for applications for
“specialty schools”
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District Obligations, cont’d.
• Graduation credit areas taught by “highly
qualified” (NCLB) teachers
• Notice to parents of students failing or in
danger of dropping out
• Basic technology and internet access in
place to support on-line requirement
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MAS’s Next Steps
• Build MAS
Graduation Plan for
students in 2011
and beyond!
• Move from current
graduation
requirements to
new requirement!
• Form committee
with all voices
invested in the
process!
• Bring community
plan to school
board this spring!
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Graduation Requirements
• Questions???
• Volunteers – come on up and sign in!
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Find Information on Web
Michigan.gov/highschool (with link to HSCE site)
http://www.michigan.gov/highschool
Michigan.gov/hsce
http://www.michigan.gov/hsce
Michigan.gov/oeaa (MME/ACT information)
http://michigan.gov/oeaa
Michigan.gov/mathematics (mathematics resources)
http://www.michigan.gov/mathematics
ACT.org (policy makers) On Course for Success
http://www.act.org/path/policy/pdf/success_report.pdf
ACT.org (policy makers) Reading Between the Lines
http://www.act.org/path/policy/reports/reading.html
ACT.org (College Readiness Standards)
http://www.act.org/standard/index.html
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