Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5460 - GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

It shall be the policy of the Board of Education to acknowledge each student's successful completion of the graduation requirements of the State and County by the awarding of a diploma at fitting graduation ceremonies.

The Board shall award a regular high school diploma to every student enrolled in this County who has completed the standard graduation requirements. An eligible student with disabilities who has been determined by an IEP Team to be unable, even with extended learning opportunities and significant instructional modifications to meet State and County standard graduation requirements may receive a modified diploma. An institutional program operated by the West Virginia Department of Education will transfer graduation credits to a County School District for the awarding of the high school diploma. Beginning with school year 2008-2009, an eligible student with disabilities who meets the criteria for instruction based on modified standards may pursue either a standard or modified diploma. These decisions are specified on the student’s IEP.

Beginning with the graduating class of school year 2008-2009, the school system shall offer the following high school credentials for qualifying graduating students.

College Readiness Credential – Any student who scores at or above the college readiness benchmarks as defined by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, shall receive a college readiness credential.

Work Readiness Credential – Any student who completes an approved career/technical concentration and obtains a passing score on ACT Workkeys assessments shall receive a work readiness credential.

The requirements for graduation from high school include earning necessary units of credit in grades 9 through 12 as established in State law and WV State Board of Education Policy 2510. WV State Board of Education Policy 2510 sets forth with specificity the graduation requirements for students entering grade 9 in the school years 2004-2005 through 2010-2111 and beyond.

Prior to students selecting a concentration and pathway, opportunities for career decision-making must be provided in grades 9-10.

All West Virginia High School students shall be fully enrolled in a full day of high school and/or college credit bearing courses.

Credit may be earned at an accredited postsecondary institution.

Every high school may permit students below the ninth grade to take advance work for credit. This work shall count toward the graduation requirements if it was both:

 A.taught by a content certified teacher;

 B.a high school level course (one meeting the high school approved content standards and objectives).

Commencement exercises will include only those students who have successfully completed requirements for graduation as certified by the high school principal. No student who has completed the requirements for graduation shall be denied a diploma as a disciplinary measure. A student may be denied participation in the ceremony of graduation when personal conduct so warrants.

WV State Board of Education Policy 2510