Graduation Rule
New Graduation Rule
• Effective with incoming freshmen in 2008
• Eliminate tiered diploma options
• Common set of diploma requirements
• All graduates prepared for college-entry
courses without remediation and the workplace
New Graduation Rule
Areas of Study:
Units Required
English/Language Arts *
4
Mathematics*
4
Science*
4
Social Studies*
3
CTAE and/or Fine Arts and/or Foreign Lang.
3
Health and Physical Education*
1
Electives
4
Total Units (Minimum)
* Required Courses and/or Core Courses
23
Math Changes
• 4 units of Mathematics required, including:
– 1 unit of Mathematics I or Accelerated Mathematics I
– 1 unit of Mathematics II or Accelerated Mathematics II
– 1 unit of Mathematics III or Accelerated Mathematics III or
any higher level mathematics course, including AP/IB
– 1 additional math unit
• New courses for 4th year will be added
• Support classes, interventions for struggling
students
English/Language Arts Changes
• 4 units of English/Language Arts required,
including:
– 1 unit of 9th Grade Literature and Composition
– 1 unit of American Literature and Composition
– 2 additional units
Science Changes
• 4 units of Science required, including:
– 1 unit of Biology (can be AP/IB)
– 1 unit of Physical Science or Physics (AP/IB)
– 1 unit of Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science,
or an AP/IB course
– 1 unit of a 4th science, including any AP/IB, academic
science, or career tech science (ex: Agricultural Science)
• 4th science unit may be used to meet both the science
and elective requirements.
Social Studies Changes
• 3 units of Social Studies required, including:
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1 unit of World History
1 unit of United States History
½ unit of American Government/Civics
½ unit of Economics
Graduation Rule
Requirements for Health/PE
• All students must complete 1 unit
• 3 units of JROTC may substitute for the
Health/PE requirement
Elective Changes
• 7 units required, including:
– A total of 3 units required from: CTAE and/or
Foreign Language and/or Fine Arts for all students
(students planning to enter or transfer into a
University System of Georgia institution must take
two units of the same foreign language)
– 4 additional elective units for all students
Changes for Students With Disabilities
• Students with disabilities who take and pass
Mathematics I with a support class, and
Mathematics II with a support class, may meet
diploma requirements by completing one additional
math course for a total of 3 math units.
• Completion of 3 units of math may not meet math
admission requirements for entrance into a
University System of Georgia institution.
Requirements for Students with
Severe Cognitive Disabilities
May graduate and receive a regular high school diploma when
the student’s IEP team determines that the student has:
• Completed an integrated curriculum based on the GPS that includes
instruction in Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Science and
Social Studies as well as career preparation, self-determination,
independent living and personal care to equal a minimum of 23 units
of instruction, and
• Participated in the GAA in middle school and high school and earned
a proficient score on the high school test, and
• Reached the 22nd birthday OR transitioned to employment/training in
which the supports needed are provided by an entity other than the
local school system
Why Do We Need a New Graduation Rule?
• Under the current graduation rule, students
complete different requirements depending on
which “tiered” diploma option they select
• Skills needed for college and the workplace are
no longer different (American Diploma Project)
• All students need to complete rigorous
coursework requirements no matter what their
postsecondary plans might be
Why Do We Need to Improve?
• Gates Research on Drop-outs
– Almost one-third of all public high school students
fail to graduate with their class
– 47%: classes were boring, not engaging
– 69%: not motivated to work hard
– 66%: would have worked harder if more was
demanded
(Gates Foundation, 2006)
Why Do We Need to Improve?
• A college and workplace readiness curriculum
should be a graduation requirement, not an
option, for all high school students. (American
Diploma Project, 2004)
• A diploma should prepare its holder for both
postsecondary education AND the demands of
the workplace.(Barth,2003)
Why are we increasing math and
science requirements to four years?
• Georgia students must be prepared to work in a
competitive global economy
• Scientific inquiry and mathematical thinking are
critical skills all students need
• With appropriate third and fourth year options,
more students will be prepared to succeed in
occupations that require math and science
• Support classes help them meet requirements
Are we eliminating Fine Arts?
• Fine Arts options are NOT being eliminated
• The current rule does not require Fine Arts
• The new rule requires ALL students to take at
least THREE CREDITS in CTAE and/or Foreign
Language and/or Fine Arts
• New rule allows greater flexibility and choice
regarding electives, including Fine Arts courses
Why not require two years of foreign
language for all students?
• There is strong support for a 2-year requirement
– Math, Science, Foreign Language requirements are
important for economic development
• There is concern about the state’s current
capacity to implement a 2-year requirement
– Availability of teachers, variety of courses
• Sub-committee developing implementation plan
– Requirement could be met in elementary, middle
Why change the requirements for
Special Education students?
• All students need access to a regular education
diploma to provide postsecondary opportunities
• With appropriate support, students with
disabilities can complete the diploma
requirements
• Providing access does not water down the
meaning of the diploma
How do these changes affect the
advanced students?
• Advanced courses will continue to be available
• Advanced Placement (AP), International
Baccalaureate (IB), dual enrollment, joint
enrollment, industry certification courses will
continue to be offered
• More students will be prepared to do advanced
coursework
• Transcripts show the level of rigor – “enriched”
Are we cutting Career, Technical &
Agricultural Education programs?
• CTAE courses and programs are NOT being cut
• Pathway options will be expanded to include not
only CTAE courses, but also Fine Arts,
Humanities and other academic concentrations
• Industry certification pathways will be expanded
• Dual enrollment opportunities and
postsecondary credit will be available
What additional support will be
provided to implement the rule?
• Guidance documents
• Training for counselors, graduation coaches, and
administrators
• List of 4th year course options for math, science
• Additional online, dual enrollment, and joint
enrollment course opportunities
• Testing information
• Parent information
Current Rule
4 tiers, each with different requirements:
College Preparatory (CP) and College
Preparatory with Distinction (CP+),
Technology/Career (TC) and
Technology/Career with Distinction (TC+)
22 total units required for CP and TC
24 total units required for CP+ and TC+
4 units of English Language Arts required for
all students
4 units of Mathematics required for CP and
CP+; 3 units required for TC and TC+
3 units of Science required for all students
3 units of Social Studies required for all
students
1 unit of Health and Physical Education
required for all students
1 unit of Computer Technology and/or Fine
Arts and/or Technology Career Preparatory
and/or Foreign Language required for all
students
2 units of Foreign Language required for CP
and CP+ students
5 – 6 additional elective units depending on
tier (CP, CP+, TC, TC+)
New Rule
1 common set of requirements for all students
23 total units required for all students
4 units of English Language Arts required for
all students
4 units of Mathematics required for all
students
4 units of Science required for all students
(the 4th science unit may be used to meet both
the science and elective requirements)
3 units of Social Studies required for all
students, all courses are specifically identified
1 unit of Health and Physical Education
required for all students; 3 units of JROTC may
be used to meet the requirement
A total of 3 units required from: CTAE and/or
Foreign Language and/or Fine Arts for all
students (students planning to enter or
transfer into a University System of Georgia
institution or other post-secondary institution
must take two units of the same foreign
language).
4 additional elective units for all students
Graduation Rule
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