School Board Policy Manual

Nevis Public Schools

Independent School District 308

 
 

Table of Contents

School Board Policy 613

613 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to set forth requirements for graduation from the school district.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

It is the policy of the school district that all students must pass the Minnesota Graduation Basic Standards tests or the Minnesota comprehensive Assessments Second Edition (MCA-II’s) per state requirements or higher guidelines and must satisfactorily complete, as determined by the school district, all course credit requirements and graduation standards, as established by the school board, in order to graduate.

III. DEFINITIONS

A. “Course credit” is equivalent to a student’s successful completion of an academic year of study or a student’s mastery of the applicable subject matter, as determined by the school district.

B. “Department” means the Department of Education.

C. “Section 504 Accommodation” means the defined appropriate accommodations or modifications that must be made in the school environment to address the needs of an individual student with disabilities.

D. “Individualized Education Program,” or “IEP,” means a written statement developed for a student eligible by law for special education and services.

E. “English language learners” or “ELL” student means an individual whose first language is not English and whose test performance may be negatively impacted by lack of English language proficiency.

 IV. TEST ADMINISTRATOR

The district testing coordinator shall be named the school district test administrator. Said person shall be in charge of all test procedures and shall bring recommendations to the school board annually for approval.

V. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A. For students enrolled in grade 8 before the 2005-2006 school year, only Minnesota basic skills tests in reading, mathematics, and writing shall fulfill students’ basic skills testing requirements for a passing state notation. The passing scores of basic skills tests in reading and mathematics are the equivalent of 75 percent correct for students entering grade 9 in 1997 and thereafter, as based on the first uniform test administration of February 1998.

B. For students enrolled in grade 8 in the 2005-2006 school year and later, only the following options shall fulfill students’ state graduation test requirements:

1. For reading and mathematics:

a. obtaining an achievement level equivalent to or greater than proficient as determined through a standard setting process on the Minnesota comprehensive assessments in grade 10 for reading and grade 11 for mathematics or achieving a passing score as determined through a standard setting process on the graduation-required assessment for diploma in grade 10 for reading and grade 11 for mathematics or subsequent retests;

b. achieving a passing score as determined through a standard setting process on the state-identified language proficiency test in reading and the mathematics test for English language learners or the graduation-required assessment for diploma equivalent of those assessments for students designated as English language learners;

c. achieving an individual passing score on the graduation-required assessment for diploma as determined by appropriate state guidelines for students with an IEP or 504 plan;

d. obtaining an achievement level equivalent to or greater than proficient as determined through a standard setting process on the state-identified alternate assessment or assessments in grade 10 for reading and grade 11 for mathematics for students with an IEP; or

e. achieving an individual passing score on the state-identified alternate assessment or assessments as determined by appropriate state guidelines for students with an IEP; and

2. For writing:

a. achieving a passing score on the graduation-required assessment for diploma;

b. achieving a passing score as determined through a standard setting process on the state-identified language proficiency test in writing for students designated as English language learners;

c. achieving an individual passing score on the graduation-required assessment for diploma as determined by appropriate state guidelines for students with an IEP or 504 plan; or

d. achieving an individual passing score on the state-identified alternate assessment or assessments as determined

C. Students beginning ninth grade in the 2004-2005 school year and later must successfully complete, as determined by the school district, the following high school level course credits for graduation:

1. Four credits of language arts;

2. Three credits of mathematics, encompassing at least algebra, geometry, statistics and probability sufficient to satisfy the academic standard. Beginning in the 2010-2011 school year, students must satisfactorily complete an algebra I credit by the end of eighth grade. Students scheduled to graduate in the 2014-2015 school year or later must satisfactorily complete an algebra II credit or its equivalent;

3. Three credits of science, including at least one credit in biology. Beginning in the 2010-2011 school year, students scheduled to graduate in the 2014-2015 school year or later must satisfactorily complete a chemistry or physics credit;

4. Three and one-half credits of social studies, encompassing at least United States history, geography, government and citizenship, world history, and economics, or three credits of social studies, encompassing at least United States history, geography, government and citizenship, and world history, and one-half credit of economics taught in a school’s social studies, agriculture education, or business department;

5. One credit in the arts; and

6. A minimum of seven elective course credits.

D. All students must satisfactorily complete the following required and elective standards, in accordance with the standards adopted by the school district:

1. ½ credit of health, ½ credit of PE I and ½ elective PE credit from the School District Standards, Health and Physical Education (K-12);

2. ½ credit of Industrial Technology from the School District Standards, Vocational and Technical Education (K-12)

3. Academic standards in health, physical education, world languages, and vocational and technical education will be reviewed on a three-year basis.

E. All students must satisfactorily complete the following required Graduation Standards:

1. Commencing with the 2003-2004 school year, all students entering the ninth grade must satisfactorily complete the following Minnesota Academic Standards, in accordance with the standards developed by the Department of Education:

a. Minnesota Academic Standards, Language Arts K-12 (2006);

b. Minnesota Academic Standards, Mathematics K-12 (2008);

c. Minnesota Academic Standards, Science K-12 (2004);

d. Minnesota Academic Standards, Social Studies K-12 (2004);

e. Minnesota Academic Standards, Arts K-12 (2003 as approved by the Nevis Board of Education based on standards developed by the Department of Education.);

f. same as book

or

g. have met the requirements established in the student’s individualized education program IEP

VI. EARLY GRADUATION

Students may be considered for early graduation, as provided for within Minn. Stat. § 120B.07 upon meeting the following conditions:

A. All course or standards and credit requirements must be met;

B. The principal or designee shall conduct an interview with the student and parent or guardian, familiarize the parties with opportunities available in post-secondary education, and arrive at a timely decision; and

C. The principal’s decision shall be in writing and may be subject to review by the superintendent and school board.

VII. NOTICE

The school district will notify students and their parents of the school district’s graduation requirements within 30 working days of a student’s entry into ninth grade.

Legal References:

Minn. Stat. § 120B.02 (Educational Expectations for Minnesota’s Students)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.024 (Graduation Requirements; Course Credits)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.07 (Early Graduation)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0010-3501.0180 (Rules Relating to Graduation Standards - Mathematics and Reading)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0200-3501.0290 (Rules Relating to Graduation Standards - Written Composition)
20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)

Cross References:
School Board Policy 104 (School District Mission Statement)
School Board Policy 601 (School District Curriculum and Instruction Goals)
School Board Policy 614 (School District Testing Plan and Procedure)
School Board Policy 615 (Basic Standards Testing, Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions for IEP, Section 504 Accommodation, and LEP Students)
School Board Policy 616 (School District System Accountability)


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