IKF Policy

Policy: IKF

Effective Date: 7/19/17

Cancels Sheet Dated: New


ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS- for graduating classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020

REGISTRATION: Students must complete course selections prior to the opening of school in the fall. Changes in the schedule will be allowed if recommended by the school officials and                           approved by a parent.


GRADUATION:     All graduates will receive the same type of diploma.


REQUIREMENTS:

I. Credits

A.)  All students will be required to have earned 22 credits to participate in the graduation exercises.  These credits include:

English 4 credits

Sciences 3 credits (Physical Science, Chemistry and Biology)

Social Studies 3 credits (1 U.S. History)

Math 3 credits

Physical Education/Health 2 credit (Health and Fitness I & II)

Fine Arts 1 credit (Introduction to Art)

Other Electives 6 credits

B.)  Each student will be required to take five courses per year except by permission of administration and guidance counselor.


C.)  Seniors who do not have the 22 credits required for graduation will not be allowed to participate in graduation exercises.


D.)  If a student cannot earn the credits in science, social studies, and math, the principal and guidance director will determine if other courses passed may be substituted.


E.)   Outside-of-class credits, approved by the guidance director and high school principal may be earned in any of the following ways:


1.)   a. Alternative courses for graduation (summer school, correspondence, online, college courses, etc.) approved by guidance director and the high school principal. (Limit of 4 credits.)


b. College credits count at the rate of one credit per three                                         college hours passed. (Unlimited credits).


2.)   Make-up credits for courses failed. (Unlimited credits).


3.)   Enrichment credits, such as summer Upward Bound, University of Maine at Farmington (1 per year with a limit of 3 credits); private driver education (Limit of 1/2 credit).


4.)   Vocational education credits, such as Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (1/2 per year with a limit of 1 credit); Co-op Work Study or Skowhegan Vocational School (3 per year with a limit of 6 credits).


5.)   Adult education courses as approved by the principal and adult education director.


6.)   Approved alternative education program courses.

II.  DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING IN THE CLASS OF 2021 AND BEYOND

In accordance with Maine law and RSU 74’s proficiency-based system of learning, after January 1, 2021, the awarding of a diploma from Carrabec High School will be contingent on the demonstration of proficiency in the content areas of Maine’s system of Learning Results and meeting the cross-content performance standards of the Guiding Principles of the Learning Results, rather than the accumulation of credits. The student must also fulfill any other requirements specified in this policy. Students who anticipate graduating in the Classes of 2021 and beyond must meet the following requirements in order to be awarded a high school diploma.


A. Demonstrate proficiency in meeting standards in the following content

areas of the Learning Results. Meeting the standards entails demonstrating

proficiency for each standard within each content area.

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Science and Technology

Social Studies

Health Education and Physical Education

Visual and Performing Arts

World Languages

Career and Education Development (embedded in the other content areas)

B. Meet the cross-content performance standards set forth in the Guiding

Principles of the Learning Results.

A student graduating from Carrabec High School is expected to be a:

Clear and effective communicator;

Self-directed and lifelong learner;

Creative and analytical problem solver;

Responsible and involved citizen; and an

Integrative and informed thinker.

MULTIPLE PATHWAYS TO THE AWARDING OF A PROFICIENCY-BASED DIPLOMA

Carrabec High School’s educational program is designed to

enable students to satisfy graduation requirements in four years through a sequence of educational experiences/courses providing opportunities to gain and demonstrate proficiency in all of the content areas of the Learning Results and in the cross-content Guiding Principles of the Learning Results.

Students following a traditional pathway will:


Students will at a minimum acquire 22 educational experiences, such as:


Pass the course with a 70 or higher and meet the standards for the required  course as outlined below.


Phase in the following diploma requirements from the 2020-2021 school year to the 2024-2025 school year:

(1) For a student graduating in the graduating class of 2020-2021, certify that the student has demonstrated proficiency in meeting the state standards in the content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and technology and social studies;

(2) For a student graduating in the graduating class of 2021-2022, certify that the student has demonstrated proficiency in meeting the state standards in the content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and at least one additional content area of the student’s choice;

(3) For a student graduating in the graduating class of 2022-2023, certify that the student has demonstrated proficiency in meeting the state standards in the content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and at least 2 additional content areas of the student’s choice;

(4) For a student graduating in the graduating class of 2023-2024, certify that the student has demonstrated proficiency in meeting the state standards in the content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and at least 3 additional content areas of the student’s choice; and

(5) For a student graduating in the graduating class of 2024-2025 and for each subsequent graduating class, certify that the student has demonstrated proficiency in meeting the state standards in all content areas.


A. Engage in educational experiences in the content areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology in each year of their high school program.


*Educational experiences are defined as the equivalent of a full year of academic work.

B. Engage in at least three educational experiences in the content area of social studies during their high school program.

C. Engage in at least one educational experience in the content areas of visual or performing arts during their high school program.

D. Engage in at least one educational experience in world languages during their high school program

E. Engage in at least two health and physical education experiences during their high school program.

F. Engage in educational experiences that integrate career and education

development into other content areas of the Learning Results.

Students following a traditional pathway must be enrolled in the equivalent of at least five full year learning experiences/courses or integrated equivalents in each of their high school years.


Students may also opt to pursue a high school diploma through multiple additional pathways including but not limited to:

Early college/dual enrollment courses

Career and technical education programming

Online/virtual learning

Apprenticeships, internships and/or field work

Community service

Exchange programs

Independent study

Alternative education/“At Risk” programming

Adult education

Each pathway must provide a quality learning experience comparable in rigor to the school unit’s own educational experience (course) offerings.

In order to pursue one or more of the multiple/alternative pathways, a student must have a Personal Learning Plan detailing how the pathway will provide exposure to the content standards of the Learning Results and how the student will demonstrate proficiency in meeting the standards. The personal learning plan must be approved by the Guidance Counselor, Principal


      

III. ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS APPLICABLE TO THE AWARDING OF A DIPLOMA FROM CARRABEC HIGH SCHOOL

This section applies to all students, in all graduation class


A. Transfer Students

For students who transfer to Carrabec High School from another state or

from an educational program that is not required to be aligned with the

content standards of the system of Learning Results, the Carrabec High

School Principal shall determine the value of the student’s prior educational

experience towards meeting graduation requirements.

B. Home-schooled Students

For home-schooled students wishing to receive a diploma from Carrabec

High School, the Carrabec High School Principal shall determine the

value of the student’s prior educational experience toward meeting

graduation credit requirements or earn a three or better on any and all

                 assessments of the content areas.  A home-schooled student must have

attended Carrabec High School for a minimum of three semesters.

C. Early Awarding of Diplomas

A student who has met the State’s and the Board’s diploma requirements in

fewer than four years of high school may be awarded a diploma.



D. Extended Study

Students are eligible for extended years of study to complete the

requirements of a diploma if they have not reached the age of 20 at the start

of the school year. Students eligible for extended years of study may be

referred to adult education or other resources suitable to young learners.

Extended study for students with disabilities shall be specified in the

student’s Individualized Education Plan.




E. Certificate of Completion

The Board may provide a certificate of completion to a student who leaves

school having completed four years attendance as a full-time high school

student and who has earned the required credits but has not met Learning

Results proficiency standards that may be mandated by the State


F. Participation in Graduation Ceremony

A student must complete all Board requirements for a high school diploma

or certificate of completion in order to participate in graduation exercises.

G. Honors and Awards at Graduation

In order to be eligible for honors or awards based wholly or in part on

academic achievement (e.g., valedictorian, salutatorian, class speaker, “Top

10”), a student must have been enrolled full time at Carrabec High School

during the year for  at least one year, preceding graduation. Students who do not meet this enrollment requirement will not be “ranked” for the purpose of determining eligibility for graduation honors, awards, or scholarships.

[NOTE: “Honors” at graduation is a different issue than “honor roll”

or “class rank,” which may have different eligibility requirements and

may be addressed in other board policies.]


Legal Reference: 20-A M.R.S.A. § 4722

Ch. 127 § 7 (Me. Dept. of Ed. Rule)

MAINE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

NEPN/NSBA Code: IKF

Cross Reference: IHCDA – Post-Secondary Enrollment Options

IK – Student Achievement

IKFA - Early Graduation

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