Policy IKF-2 Graduation Requirements

Huerfano Re-1 School District

201 East 5th Street Walsenburg, CO. 81089   Phone: (719) 738-1520                                     File:  IKF-2

IKF-2 Graduation Requirements

(Beginning with the Class of 2021)

In pursuit of its mission to ensure that all students reach their learning potential and are prepared for postsecondary and career opportunities, the Board of Education has established the following graduation requirements for students entering the ninth grade in the 2017-18 school year and each ninth grade class thereafter.

To receive a high school diploma from the district, students must meet or exceed the district’s academic standards and measures required by this policy. Students with disabilities shall be provided access to all graduation pathways provided by this policy and shall have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma from the district.

Community Service

Starting with class of 2023 and beyond each class will have to graduate with 32 hours of community service

Class of 2019 – 8 hours

Class of 2020 – 16 hours

Class of 2021 – 24 hours

Class of 2022 – 32 hours

College and career readiness

The Colorado State Board of Education has adopted state graduation guidelines that identify college and career readiness measures in English and Math. The Board has selected its own measures from these state graduation guidelines.

English

Students must complete at least one of the following measures and meet or exceed the measure’s corresponding cut score or criteria to demonstrate college and career readiness in English.

Measure Cut Score/Criteria
Accuplacer assessment Score of at least 62 on Reading Comprehension.

Score of 70 on Sentence Skills

ACT assessment Score of at least 18 on English.
ACT WorkKeys assessment that demonstrates English readiness, as identified on the accompanying exhibit.* Score of at least 3 (Bronze level).
Advanced Placement (AP) exam that demonstrates English readiness, as identified on the accompanying exhibit.* Score of at least 2.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Score in at least the 31st percentile.
SAT assessment Score of at least 470 on English.
9 PSAT reading/writing

10 PSAT reading/writing

Score of 410 or higher

Score of 430 or higher

NWEA Reading Spring Score of 221.57 which is equivalent to a score of 480 in SAT
Concurrent enrollment course that demonstrates English readiness, as approved by the district and included in the student’s academic plan of study or Individualized Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Grade of at least a C
Industry certificate that demonstrates academic and intellectual learning in the subject area of English. Receipt of the industry certificate and approval by the district-designated team.
District capstone project that demonstrates academic and intellectual learning in the subject area of English. Completion of the district capstone project and approval by the district-designated team.

Math

Students must complete at least one of the following measures and meet the measure’s corresponding cut score or criteria to demonstrate college and career readiness in Math.

Measure Cut Score/Criteria
Accuplacer assessment Score of at least 61 on Elementary Algebra.
ACT assessment Score of at least 19 on Math.
ACT WorkKeys assessment that demonstrates Math readiness, as identified on the accompanying exhibit.* Score of at least 3 (Bronze level).
Advanced Placement (AP) exam that demonstrates Math readiness, as identified on the accompanying exhibit.* Score of at least 2.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Score in at least the 31st percentile.
SAT assessment Score of at least 500 on Math.
9 PSAT Math

10th PSAT Math

Score of 450 or higher

Score of 480 or higher

NWEA Math Spring

 

Summer Math Academy (15 days) = 75 hours

242.72 cut score which is the equivalent to a SAT score (530) in math

Students will earn .5 math credit and with assessment grade, 95% attendance rate and a grade of C or better will meet math portion.

Concurrent enrollment course that demonstrates Math readiness, as approved by the district and included in the student’s academic plan of study or Individualized Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Grade of at least a C
Industry certificate that demonstrates academic and intellectual learning in the subject area of Math. Receipt of the industry certificate and approval by the district-designated team.
District capstone project that demonstrates academic and intellectual learning in the subject area of Math. Completion of the district capstone project and approval by a district-designated reviewer.

Exceptions to the Board’s required measures and cut scores/criteria

If a student has demonstrated college and career readiness by completing an assessment or other measure that is not included in this policy but is included in the state graduation guidelines, the principal or principal’s designee may determine that such assessment or other measure is acceptable and meets the district’s graduation requirements.

Courses required for graduation – see menu

Units of credit required for graduation- 26 credits

Credits Area Specific Courses
4 English English I, English II, English III, English IV or College Equivalent

AP approved classes by administration

4 Mathematics  Algebra I, II; Geometry, Advanced Math

(Business Math/Alternative math can be substituted on a case to case

basis – administration approval)

3 Science Earth Science, Biology, Physical (Chemistry) or other approved by

administration

3 Social Studies  World Studies/Geography, U.S. History,

U.S. Government/Civil Government of the US

1 Physical Education  Successful completion of one full year in P.E. or .25 credit per successful

completion of extracurricular athletic completion or Marching Band.

(example Football, Volleyball, Track, Wrestling, Marching Band)

1 Economics  Must include personal finance
.5 Health
1 Foreign Language
.5 Senior Seminar
1 Technology
7 Electives
26 Total credits to graduate

Credit from other institutions and home-based programs

Students entering from outside the district must meet the district’s course requirements. The principal or principal’s designee shall determine whether credit toward course requirements shall be granted for courses taken outside the district.

In accordance with applicable state law, college courses completed pursuant to the student’s participation in a “dropout recovery program” shall count as credit toward completion of the district’s credit requirements.

Early graduation

The Board of Education believes that most students benefit from four years of high school experience and are encouraged not to graduate early. However, in some cases, students are ready for postsecondary education or other opportunities at an earlier age. Therefore, the principal may grant permission to students wishing to graduate early, provided the student has met all district graduation requirements in accordance with this policy.

Adopted:  12/10/2018

Revision: 12/10/2018

LEGAL REFS.:  C.R.S. 22-1-104 (teaching history, culture and civil government)
C.R.S. 22-32-109 (1)(kk) (board to establish graduation requirements that “meet or exceed” state graduation guidelines)
C.R.S. 22-32-132 (discretion to award diploma to honorably discharged veterans)
C.R.S. 22-33-104.5 (home-based education law)
C.R.S. 22-35-101 et seq. (Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act)
CROSS REFS.:  AE, Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishment
AEA, Standards Based Education     IHBG, Home Schooling    IHBK*, Preparation for Postsecondary and Workforce Success IHCDA, Concurrent Enrollment   IK, Academic Achievement   IKA, Grading/Assessment Systems
[Revised April 2017] CA