Colorado Graduation Guidelines

District

School

South Conejos School District RE-10

 

 

Contact Information

 

Name

District Office Phone

Dr. Emma Martinez, Superintendent

719-376-7000

           

 

Title of artifact

Type of practice 

Graduation Requirements – South Conejos School District  

Local graduation requirements

 

Brief description of artifact

 

This document describes the high school graduation policies adopted by the South Conejos School Board to meet or exceed the graduation guidelines set forth by the Colorado Department of Education.

Brief description of the process resulting in the artifact

South Conejos School District local graduation requirements are aligned with; Colorado Academic Standards, Colorado Career and Technical Education Standards, Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards and Postsecondary and workforce readiness.  This policy will include a course on US Civics, seek to increase multiple academic pathways, require students demonstrate proficiency in core content areas provide options for electives. Finally, this policy will address assessment implementation with specific “cut-off” requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 South Conejos 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.

 

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 adopted 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.

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.

International Baccalaureate (IB) exam that demonstrates English readiness, as identified on the accompanying exhibit.*

Score of 4.

SAT assessment

Score of at least 430 on English.

 

Collaboratively-developed, standards-based performance assessment that demonstrates English readiness, as identified by the Board and approved by the state. Yet to be developed

Yet to be determined

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). Must be taken through an accredited post-secondary institution.

Grade of at least a “C”

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. Yet to be determined.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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.

International Baccalaureate (IB) exam that demonstrates Math readiness, as identified on the accompanying exhibit.*

Score of 4.

SAT assessment

Score of at least 460 on Math.

Collaboratively-developed, standards-based performance assessment that demonstrates Math readiness, as identified by the Board and approved by the state. Yet to be developed


Yet to be determined

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). Must be taken through an accredited post-secondary institution

Grade of at least a “C”

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.

English 4

Math 4

Social Studies 3 –Includes Civics

Science 3- Includes 1 Life Science  and 1 Physical Science

Foreign Language 2 (may test out)

.5 credit Health

.5 credit College/Career Readiness

Fine Art 1

1.5 PE

8 Electives (Includes  1 Fine Arts)

 

 

Courses required for graduation

 

Units of credit required for graduation

All incoming freshmen will complete 6 credits to be considered a sophomore. Sophomores will have completed a total 12 credits to be considered Juniors. Juniors will have completed a total of 18 credits to be considered Seniors.  Seniors will have completed 25.5 credits to graduate.

Concurrent Enrollment

Students may take course work through Adams State University or Trinidad State Junior College and receive both high school elective credit and college credit.  The South Conejos School District will pay full tuition for this course work if application is made to the high school counselor in advance and pass the course with a “C”.  Classes must meet district guidelines as determined by the principal and for reporting purposes is considered a single weighted grade.    Must be taken through an accredited post-secondary institution.

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 by South Conejos School Board on June 27, 2017

 

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