Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5460 - GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In order for a student to qualify for a diploma in this District, s/he must have satisfactorily earned at least twenty-one (21) credits for the class of 2016 and twenty-two (22) credits beginning with the class of 2017.

Such credits are listed in this Administrative Guideline.

Graduation must be earned by passing all mandated subjects, a major sequence, and earning total units required for a diploma.

Students in special education shall receive (a diploma) (a certificate of completion) if certified they have properly completed the requirements of their IEP. They shall participate in all graduation activities.

*A student under an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may receive a diploma if s/he meets the requirements of his/her IEP or Educational Development Plan (EDP) and receives the recommendation of the I.E.P.C.

A high school student who wishes to test-out of a course in which s/he is not enrolled may do so by taking the final examination for the course and receiving a grade of at least C+ or by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter as determined by the District assessment used in lieu of a final examination. Credit for a course earned by a student through this process may be used to fulfill a course or course-sequence requirement. Such credit will be counted toward the required number of credits needed for graduation and will not be used to determine the student's GPA.

A student may be granted credit by earning a qualifying score, as determined by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on assessments developed or selected for the subject area by the MDE or the student earns a qualifying score, as determined by the District on one (1) or more assessments developed or selected by the District that measure a student's understanding of the subject area content expectations or guidelines that apply to the credit.

The student may not receive credit for a course in the same area but lower in the course sequence.

A high school student shall be granted credit in any foreign language not offered by the District, providing s/he meets the competency criteria established by the Superintendent.

Special education students who properly complete the program specified in their I.E.P., or in a personal curriculum, and meet the requirements for a high school diploma, and have received the recommendation of the I.E.P.C. may participate in graduation activities as recommended by the student's I.E.P.C. Reasonable accommodation shall be made for students with disabilities, as defined under State or Federal law, to assist them in taking any required tests or assessments for graduation.

For students graduating in 2011 and thereafter (entering 8th grade in 2006 and after)

The Michigan Merit Curriculum requires sixteen (16) credits for graduation, which could be met using alternative instructional delivery methods such as alternative course work in humanities course sequences, career and technology courses, industrial technology or vocational education, or through a combination of these programs. In addition, students entering the 3rd grade in 2006 (class of 2016) will need to complete two (2) credits of a language other than English in grades 9-12; OR an equivalent learning experience in grades K-12 prior to graduation.

Course Work from which credits may be earned include:

4 Credits – Mathematics, including algebra I; geometry, algebra II, including one (1) credit in senior year. At least four (4) credits in mathematics that are aligned with subject area content expectations developed by MDE including completion of at least algebra I, geometry, and algebra II, or an integrated sequence of this course content that consists of three (3) credits, and an additional mathematics credit, such as trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus, applied math, accounting, business math, a retake of algebra II, financial literacy (as developed or approved by the Michigan Department of Education as a model program).

A student may complete algebra II over two (2) years with a credit awarded for each of those years. Each student must successfully complete at least one (1) mathematics course during his/her final year of high school enrollment. This does not require completion of mathematics courses in any particular sequence.

4 Credits - English Language Arts aligned with subject area content expectations developed by MDE.

3 Credits – Science, including biology; physics or chemistry; one (1) additional science credit. In addition to completion of at least biology and either chemistry, physics, anatomy, or agricultural science, or successfully completing a program or curriculum that provides the same content as the chemistry or physics benchmarks. A student may fulfill the requirement for the third science credit by completing a state-approved computer science program or curriculum or formal career and technical education program or curriculum. A fourth credit in science, such as forensics, astronomy, earth science, agricultural science, environmental science, geology, physics, chemistry, physiology, or microbiology is encouraged.

3 Credits - Social Studies, including .5 credit in civics; .5 credit in economics (the one half (1/2) credit in economics may be satisfied by personal economics course if it meets State standards set out in M.C.L. 380.1278a); one (1) credit in U.S. history and geography; one (1) credit in world history and geography.

1 Credit - Physical education/health, .5 credit physical education; .5 credit health. .5 credit extra-curricular or related physical activity.

1 Credit - Visual, performing, applied art, State-approved CTE Program.

2 Credits – World Language, (other than English) course content grade appropriate K-12. approved formal CTE program/curriculum. Visual Performing Arts.

3 Credits for class of 2016 and 4 credits for class of 2017 and beyond - In addition to the State requirements listed above, local graduation requirements include:

 

A.

Job shadowing experience

 
 

B.

One (1) credit of a technology course, and

 
 

C.

One (1) credit of personal finance.

In addition to the credits outlined above, credit hours in electives, or career and technology education programs must be completed and awarded.

Students shall successfully complete an on-line course or learning experience OR shall have the on-line learning experience incorporated into each of the required credits of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

Educational Development Plan

Each student shall have the opportunity to develop an Educational Development Plan (EDP) during the 7th grade and is required to review his/her educational development plan during grade 8 and revise it as appropriate before s/he begins high school. An educational development plan shall be developed, reviewed, and revised by the student under the supervision of the student's school counselor or another designee qualified to act in a counseling role selected by the school Principal and shall be based on high school readiness scores and a career pathways program or similar career exploration program. An educational development plan shall be designed to assist students to identify career development goals as they relate to academic requirements. During the process of developing and reviewing a student's educational development plan, the student shall be advised that many of the curricular requirements may be fulfilled through career and technical education. The plan must be based on a career exploration program and high school readiness scores, to assist the student in identifying career development goals as they relate to academic requirements.

Personal Curriculum

The District shall not limit or discourage the number of students with a personal curriculum on any basis other than the best interests of each individual student.

A parent or legal guardian of a student who has completed grade 9 may request a personal curriculum for the student that modifies certain Michigan Merit Standard requirements. If all of the requirements for a personal curriculum are met, then the Board may award a high school diploma to a student who successfully completes his/her personal curriculum even if it does not meet the requirements of the Michigan Merit Standard. If the request for a personal curriculum is made by the student’s parent or legal guardian or, if the student is at least age eighteen (18) or is an emancipated minor, by the student, the school District shall develop a personal curriculum for the student.

The District annually shall notify each of its students and a parent or legal guardian of each of its students that all students are entitled to a personal curriculum. The annual notice shall include an explanation of what a personal curriculum is and state that if a personal curriculum is requested, and will grant that request. The District shall provide this annual notice to parents and legal guardians by sending a written notice to each student's home or by including the notice in a newsletter, student handbook, or similar communication that is sent to a student's home, and also shall post the notice on the school District's website.

During the process of developing and reviewing a student's educational development plan, the student shall be advised that many of the curricular requirements may be fulfilled through career and technical education.

All of the following apply to a personal curriculum:

 

A.

The personal curriculum shall be developed by a group that includes the student, at least one (1) of the student's parents or the student's legal guardian, and a teacher who is currently teaching the student, or student's high school counselor or another designee (selected by the high school) qualified to act in a counseling role. An in person meeting of the group is not required.

   
 

B.

The personal curriculum shall incorporate as much of the subject area content expectations of the Michigan Merit Standard as is practicable for the student; shall establish measurable goals that the student must achieve while enrolled in high school; shall provide a method to evaluate whether the student has achieved these goals; and shall be aligned with the student's educational development plan.

     
 

C.

Before it takes effect, the personal curriculum must be agreed to by the student's parent or legal guardian and by the Superintendent of the District or his/her designee.

   
 

D.

The student's parent or legal guardian shall be in communication with each of the student's teachers to monitor the student's progress toward the goals contained in the student's personal curriculum.

   
 

E.

Revisions may be made in the personal curriculum if the revisions are developed and agreed to in the same manner as the original personal curriculum.

   
 

F.

The English language arts credit requirements and the science credit requirements are not subject to modification as part of a personal curriculum.

     
 

G.

Except as otherwise provided, the mathematics credit requirements may be modified as part of a personal curriculum only after the student has successfully completed at least three and one-half (3.5) of the total credits of the mathematics credits required.

   
 

A student on a personal curriculum is required to complete one (1) credit of mathematics during his/her final two (2) years of high school. The algebra II credit required may be modified as part of a personal curriculum if the student meets one (1) or more of the following:

   
 

1.

the student successfully completes the same content as one (1) semester of algebra II, as determined by the department; or

   
 

2.

the student elects to complete the same content as algebra II over two (2) years, with a credit awarded for each of those two (2) years; or

   
 

3.

the student enrolls in a formal career and technology education program or curriculum and in that program or curriculum successfully completes the same content as the algebra II, benchmarks assessed on MDE prescribed State high school assessments determined by the department; or

   
 

4.

Effective July 1, 2011, the student successfully completes one (1) semester of statistics or functions and data analysis, or technical mathematics.

     
 

The above items establish conditions that must be in place to bring about modification of the personal curriculum. They do not reduce the requirement that a student must successfully complete four (4) credits of math including a full year of math during the senior year of high school. Additional math or math-related courses should address high school content as defined by the District and may include trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus, financial literacy, pre-algebra, applied mathematics, accounting, business mathematics and others.

   
 

H.

The social science credit requirements may be modified as part of a personal curriculum only if all of the following requirements are met:

   
 

1.

the student has successfully completed two (2) credits of the social science credits required including the civics course; and

   
 

2.

the modification requires the student to complete one (1) additional credit in English language arts, mathematics, or science or one (1) additional credit in a language other than English, or requires the student to complete a formal career and technical education program as per AG 5460.01. This credit must be in addition to the number of those credits otherwise required.

   
 

I.

The health and physical education credit requirement may be modified as part of the personal curriculum only if the modification requires the student to complete one (1) additional credit in English language arts, mathematics, or science or one (1) additional credit in a language other than English, or requires the student to complete a formal career and technical education program as per AG 5460.01. This credit must be in addition to the number of those credits otherwise required.

     
 

J.

The visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts credit requirement may be modified as part of the personal curriculum only if the modification requires the student to complete one (1) additional credit in English language arts, mathematics, or science or one (1) additional credit in a language other than English, or requires the student to complete a formal career and technical education program as per AG 5460.01. This credit must be in addition to the number of those credits otherwise required.

Additional options and resources for decision making with regard to the Personal Curriculum can be found at www.actpoint.com/mi/mmcpc.cfm.

Students with a Disability

If the parent or legal guardian of a student requests, as part of the student's personal curriculum, a modification of the Michigan Merit Standard requirements that would not otherwise be allowed and demonstrates that the modification is necessary because the student is a child with a disability, the District may allow that additional modification to the extent necessary because of the student's disability if the group determines that the modification is consistent with both the student's educational development plan and the student's individualized education program. If the Superintendent of Public Instruction has reason to believe that a District is allowing modifications inconsistent with the requirements of the State school code, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall monitor the District to ensure that the District's policies, procedures, and practices are in compliance with the requirements for additional modifications, under this subdivision. As used in this policy "child with a disability" is defined in 20 U.S.C. 1401.

A student receiving special education services shall have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that identifies the supports, accommodations, and modifications necessary to allow the student to progress in the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements or a personal curriculum, and meet the requirements for a high school diploma.

Transfer Students

If a student transfers to the District from out-of-state or from a nonpublic school, the student's parent or legal guardian may request, as part of the student's personal curriculum, a modification of the Michigan Merit Standard requirements that would not otherwise be allowed under this section. The District may allow this additional modification for a transfer student if all of the following requirements are met:

 

A.

The transfer student has successfully completed at least the equivalent of two (2) years of high school credit out-of-state or at a nonpublic school.

   
 

B.

The District may use appropriate assessment examinations to determine what credits, if any, the student has earned out-of-state or at a nonpublic school that may be used to satisfy the curriculum requirements of the Michigan Merit Standard, District policy and the State Board of Education.

   
 

C.

The transfer student's personal curriculum incorporates as much of the subject area content of the Michigan Merit standard as practicable.

   
 

D.

The transfer of a student's personal curriculum requires the student to successfully complete at least one (1) mathematics course during his/her final year of high school enrollment. In addition, if the transfer student is enrolled in the District for at least one (1) full school year, both of the following apply:

   
 

1.

the transfer student's personal curriculum shall require that this mathematics course is at least algebra I.

   
 

2.

if the transfer student demonstrates that s/he has mastered the content of algebra I, the transfer student's personal curriculum shall require that this mathematics course is a course normally taken after completing algebra I.

   
 

E.

The transfer student's personal curriculum must include the state required civics course.

Assessment

The District shall administer the Michigan Merit Examination to students in grade 11 and to students in grade 12 who did not take the complete Michigan Merit Examination in grade 11, in accordance with State law and the assessment provisions of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Each principal is to determine, based on results on the required tests, which students are in need of special assistance in order to have a fair opportunity to achieve credit toward graduation.

Such assistance may include one (1) or more meetings with one or more students and their teachers as well as other staff or consultants who are experts on the State required assessments. The meeting(s) shall also include the student's parents who are to receive a written notice of the meeting. The purpose of the meeting(s) is to determine an educational program to assist the student(s) in achieving State endorsement in the respective academic content areas(s).

A student who chooses to repeat the college entrance examination component of the Michigan Merit Exam may do so only in accordance with the provisions of State law and the MDE.

A number of new and revised guidance documents and tools are available at the MDE Office of School Improvement website (www.michigan.gov/mde). A wikispace (http://mdepersonalcurriculum.wikispaces.com/) has also been created to facilitate the sharing of work done by local districts and ISDs as they support the development of local policies and procedures.

M.C.L. 380.1165, 380.1166, 380.1278a, 380.1278b, as amended
M.C.L. 380.1279
20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., 20 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.
29 U.S.C. 794 Section 504 of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
42 U.S.C. 12131 et seq.
Personal Curriculum Guidelines, (MDE, May 2009)

Revised 7/18/16

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