Meeting Date:   3/12/2012 - 7:30 PM
Category:   Business/Action Items
Type:   Info
Subject:   14.15 Continue the conversation around the change in graduation requirements that began with Item 14.11 at the February 6 Board meeting
Strategic Plan
Policy:  
Enclosure
File Attachment:  
Graduation Requirement.pdf
Summary On March 9, 2010, the Board of Education approved the elimination of Summer School in an effort to save $400,000 and preserve full-time employee positions. The summer school program allowed students to repeat three classes during the summer program and earn passing grades in classes they had failed.

Therefore, due to the elimination of Summer School, the Board of Education approved the reduction of high school graduation requirements beginning with the class of 2011 as follows:
1) Reduce math requirements from 3 years (30 credits) to 2 years (20 credits)
2) Reduce the total number of credits needed for graduation from a comprehensive high school from 230 credits to 200 credits.
3) Reduce the total number of credits needed for graduation from an alternative/adult education high school to 180 credits.

Since the new requirements have been in place for a year and half the Board would like the following questions answered:

1. Has the district actually saved the anticipated $400,000?
2. Has the changes in graduation requirements reduced the percentage of students completing the UC a-f requirements?
3. What has been the impact of the change in math requirements?
4. How do our current requirements compare to surrounding districts in Contra Costa County?
5. What are the implications of raising the graduation requirements to 210, 220, or 230?
6. What classes did students historically take for credit recovery in summer school, and are there less expensive ways for credit recovery besides summer school?
Funding
Fiscal Impact
Recommendation Information
Approvals:  
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Loreen Joseph - Secretary to the Superintendent
Signed By:
Steven Lawrence - Superintendent