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Next year’s freshmen to face new graduation requirements

Board of Education passes new rules to align with state graduation guidelines

CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County Board of Education passed new graduation requirements impacting students that will graduate in 2021 and after.

The changes adopted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, bring the District into alignment with the Colorado Graduation Guidelines approved by the State Board of Education in September 2015.

While much of the graduation rules will be the same, next year’s freshmen class will expected to meet two additional requirements.

READ MORE: IKF – Graduation Requirements

The first mandates that each student in the class of 2021 and beyond have an academic plan that meets the District’s new requirements.

“They still need to do their credits and they still need to do their community service,” explained Chief System Performance Officer Matt Reynolds. “Now they have to have an academic plan and demonstrate competence in English and math to graduate.”

Students will have a menu of options to demonstrate competency in English and math, including concurrent enrollment courses, industry certificates, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), and SAT test. As of this school year, all Colorado students are required to take the SAT test. If they meet minimum competency levels in English and math on the test, they may not need to do anything else.

“It could be no impact on students that do well on the SAT,” Reynolds said. “Students that do not meet minimum competency on the SAT will have a menu of options to demonstrate competence.”

With the passage of the new graduation requirements, the District will work with schools, their counselors, as well as parents and students to communicate these new requirements.

October 19, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category:

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DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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