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Graduation Requirements


High school seniors who receive a diploma must: meet the minimum requirements of the Program of Studies (22 Carnegie units as required by the Kentucky Department of Education). complete a writing portfolio.

NEW STANDARDS: Reading, Math, Writing

In order to graduate and receive a high school diploma from the Jefferson County Public Schools, a student must achieve each of the following:

  • complete the state-required 22 credits
  • score Apprentice or higher on the state Reading Assessment
  • score Apprentice or higher on the state Math Assessment
  • score Apprentice or higher on the Writing Portfolio as scored by JCPS staff.

TIMELINE for phase-in of Diploma Standard requirements:

 

Class of 2005

Choice of Original 5 of 8 Diploma Standards, OR
Apprentice or higher on the state Math Assessment, OR
Apprentice or higher Writing Portfolio, as scored by JCPS staff

 

 

Class of 2006

Math and Writing Portfolio standards in effect

 

 

Class of 2007
(and after)

All standards of Reading, Math, and Writing Portfolio in effect

RECOVERY: Reading and Math

Students who fail to score Apprentice or higher on the state reading or math tests must complete a set of district-designed ?competency modules? through which each school will re-teach the content in smaller segments until the student reaches competency. These modules could be a part of coursework, ESS, pullout sessions, online work, or summer work. 10th grade students would have 2 years to complete the competency modules in reading and 11th grade students would have 1 year to complete the modules in math.

RECOVERY: Writing

At the end of the junior year, teachers will evaluate each student’s performance level on pieces in his/her 11th grade writing folder. Within their senior English classes, students lacking skills and missing pieces of writing will receive more specific instruction, assistance, and conferencing.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Special student populations who already use established, documented accommodations will continue to use them to demonstrate ?competency? for the reading, math, and writing standards.

OUT OF DISTRICT ENROLLMENTS:

Students who miss the state reading and math assessments must meet the standard(s) through the competency modules. All students are accountable for the writing portfolio standard with one exception: seniors who have been in a Kentucky public school less than 100 days will be required to have a complete portfolio for graduation, but its score does not have to be apprentice or higher.

Comparison of High School and Pre-college Requirements

 

Minimum High School Graduation Requirements Pre-college Minimum Curriculum Requirements (KY)

Language Arts:

4 credits required

English I

English II

English III

English IV

English/Language Arts:

4 credits required

English I

English II

English III

English IV (or AP English)

Mathematics:

3 credits required

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II

Mathematics:

3 credits required

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II

Science:

3 credits required

Life Science

Physical Science

Earth/Space Science

(at least one lab course)

Science:

3 credits required

Life Science

Physical Science

Earth/Space Science

(at least one lab course)

Social Studies:

3 credits required

US History

Economics

Government

World Geography

World Civilization

Social Studies:

3 credits required

US History

Economics

Government

World Geography

World Civilization

Health:

credit required

Health:

credit required

Physical Education:

credit required

Physical Education:

credit required

History & Appreciation of Visual & Performing Arts:

1 credit required

History & Appreciation of Visual & Performing Arts:

1 credit required

 

 

Foreign Language:

(Nonnative)

2 credits required-

effective 2004

Electives:

7 credits required

Electives:

7 credits required

5 credits required-effective 2004

Total:

22

Total:

22

Revised 4/19/04