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.
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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.