Changes to Graduation Requirements
On Thursday, June 20, the Board of Education approved changes to
BP6146.1, high school graduation requirements. The revised board
policy is attached, along with a comparison chart of a-g
requirements and graduation requirements. Please make sure to
update all of your communication regarding graduation
Since the last revision of the High School Graduation Requirements in 2005, there have been several state assembly bills passed that have an impact on our policies concerning graduation. Moreover, California adopted a math framework in 2013 which provides guidance to school districts on how to enact the state standards and includes options for integrated and traditional course sequences. SCUSD transitioning to an integrated math sequence has had implications for our graduation requirements.
Assembly Bill 1806 (2015) and Assembly Bill 2121 (2018), state that a foster youth, homeless student, former juvenile court school student, migratory children and newly arrived immigrant pupils or child of a military family who transfers into the district any time after completing his/her second year of high school shall be required to complete all graduation requirements specified in Education Code 51225.2 and 51225.3 but shall be exempt from any additional district-adopted graduation requirements, unless the Superintendent or designee makes a finding that the student is reasonably able to complete the requirements in time to graduate by the end of his/her fourth year of high school. Within 30 days of the transfer, any such student shall be notified of the availability of the exemption and whether he/she qualifies for it. (Education Code 51225.1)
Assembly Bill 830, adopted by California in 2017 removed the California High School Exit Exam as a graduation requirements and states that the board may retroactively grant a diploma to a former student who successfully completed all of the graduation requirements except for the California High School Exit Exam. (Education Code 51413)
Assembly Bill 3022, adopted by California in 2018 states that the board may retroactively grant a diploma to a person who has departed California against his or her will, as defined, and, at the time of his or her departure, was enrolled in grade 12 of a high school operated by the school district, who did not receive a high school diploma because his or her education was interrupted due to his or her departure, and who was in good academic standing at the time of his or her departure, as specified. (Education Code 51430)
In 2015 the Board of Education adopted Resolution 2845, and approved Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement to be fully implemented by 2019.
In 2014 the Board of Education adopted an integrated math sequence rather than a traditional math sequence and SCUSD began the transition from algebra, geometry and algebra 2 to Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2 and Integrated Math 3. The transition to an integrated math sequence was completed in the 2016-17 school year.
The proposed revisions to the SCUSD graduation requirements will bring board policy up to date with changes made at both the state and district level.