Traverse City Area Public Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5460 - GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In order for a student to qualify for a diploma in this District, s/he must have satisfactorily completed the following courses and earned the required credits in grades nine through twelve listed below. In addition, every high school student will participate in the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). Further, every high school student will participate in a student led conference (SLC) in each of their high school years. The high school principal may excuse a student from the SLC requirement for extenuating circumstances.

Graduation Requirements

Grades 9Ė12

 

Class of 2017 = must earn 23.5 credits

 

Class of 2018 forward = must earn 22 credits

State of Michigan

Improved High School Graduation Requirements

Curriculum Area

Required Content

Class of

Class of

Requirements

2017

2018 and beyond

Mathematics

Algebra I; Geometry,

4

4

 

Algebra II; including

   
 

one course in Senior Year

   

English

English Language Arts;

4

4

Language Arts

(ELA 9, ELA 10, ELA 11,

   
 

ELA 12)

   

Science

Biology; Physics or

3

3

 

Chemistry; one additional

   
 

Science credit

   

Social Studies

U.S. History and

3

3

 

Geography; World History

   
 

and Geography; .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

Curriculum Area

Required Content

Class of

Class of

Requirements

2016-17

2017-18

       

Physical Education

Health and Physical

1

1

 

Education .5 credit health

   
 

requirement Options - .5 PE;

   
 

.5 credit 2 MHSAA sports

   
 

over 3 seasons

   
       

Visual, Performing

Music, Art, Stagecraft,

1

1

Applied Arts

Theatre, Yearbook,

   
 

Broadcast Communications,

   
 

Newspaper, Business,

   
 

Marketing, Architectural

   
 

Drafting, Computer,

   
 

Electronics, Video, Web

   
 

Publishing, Engineering,

   
 

Forensics, Debate

   
       

Subtotal Core

 

16

16

       

Subtotal Electives

 

7.5

6

       

Total Required

 

23.5

22

MDE Ė approved Career/Technical Education (CTE) Program AG 5460.01

Online Learning Experience - Students must take an online course or learning experience; OR have the online learning experience incorporated into each of the required credits of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

World Languages - Students must complete two (2) credits of a World Language in grades 9-12; OR an equivalent learning experience in grades K-12 prior to graduation.

Graduation must be earned by passing all mandatory subjects and earning total units required for a diploma.

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

The Superintendent is charged with the responsibility to ensure that courses required under the Michigan Merit Curriculum and assessments are aligned with the common core and Michigan High School Content Expectations and that "success" in each course serves as valid evidence that a student has successfully completed the course content and demonstrated proficiency on course assessments. The District will award the student credit for the course based upon the classroom teacher's verification of content mastery and successful performance on classroom assessments.

A high school student who wishes to test-out (See Form 5460B F1) of a course in which s/he is not currently or previously enrolled may do so by taking the final examination for the course and receiving a grade of at least seventy-eight percent (78%) or by demonstrating a mastery of the subject matter as determined by the District assessments 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 but not be used to determine the studentís 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.

Students who receive special education services who properly complete the programs toward a diploma as specified in their IEP or in a personal curriculum may participate in graduation activities and shall be awarded a diploma. Students who receive special education or 504 services who are on a "non-diploma" course of study and who intend to leave the high school program may participate in graduation activities (including commencement exercises) and shall be awarded a certificate of completion. Reasonable accommodation shall be made for students with disabilities, as defined under State and Federal Law, to assist them in taking the required tests or assessments for graduation.

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 EDP during grade 8 and revise it as appropriate before s/he begins high school. An EDP 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 EDP 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 EDP, 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. An EDP may be part of a high school studentís student led conference portfolio.

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 the Michigan Merit Standard requirements. The appropriateness of a personal curriculum for an applying student will be determined following the School Districtís evaluation of all relevant factors. If all of the requirements of the 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 studentís 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 studentís EDP, 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:

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.

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 EDP.

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.

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.

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.

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

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) credits of mathematics credits required and only if the student successfully completes 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:

 

A.

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

 
 

B.

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

 
 

C.

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 algebra II, benchmarks assessed on the MDE prescribed State high school assessments determined by the department; or

 
 

D.

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.

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

 

A.

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

 
 

B.

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.

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 Ė Graduation Requirements Career and Technical Education (CTE). This credit must be in addition to the number of those credits otherwise required.

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 compete 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 on the Michigan Department of Educationís website at http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_30334_49879---,00.html.

Graduation must be earned by passing all mandatory courses, demonstrating mastery of content expectations, and earning total units required for a diploma.

Students with a Disability

If the parent or legal guardian, or the pupil himself/herself, if emancipated or eighteen (18) years or older, 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. The modification must be consistent with both the student's EDP and the student's IEP. As used in the school code "child with a disability" is defined in 20 U.S.C. 1401. 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 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.

Eighteen (18) Credit Diploma Requirements

Beginning in 2017-18, students who are eligible for special education services and have an IEP that determines the student needs additional time to complete the Michigan Merit Requirements, may earn a diploma with the completion of the MME eighteen (18) required credits.

 

Curriculum Area Requirements

Credits

 

English

4 credits

 

Math

4 credits

 

Social Studies

3 credits

 

Science

3 credits

 

World Language

2 credits

 

VPAA

1 credit

 

Health/PE

1 credit

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, or the pupil himself/herself, if emancipated or eighteen (18) years or older, 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 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 or public school academy 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

 
 

D.

The transfer studentís personal curriculum must include the State required civics course.

Assessment

The District shall administer the MME to students in grade 11 and to students in grade 12 who did not take the complete MME in grade 11, in accordance with State law and the assessment provisions of the 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 (1) 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 area(s).

A student who chooses to repeat the college entrance examination component of the MME 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).

The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District maintains a webpage that contains additional resource documents to help with Michigan Merit Curriculum Requirements and Personal Curriculum requirements:

https://spweb.tbaisd.k12.mi.us/sites/home/personalcurriculum/default.aspx.

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)

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