Proposed new high school graduation requirements go before the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board for a vote next week.
Board members are also scheduled to hear about the framework for putting technology into classrooms following November’s successful capital override at their meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s Education Center, 3811 N. 44th St., Phoenix.
Scottsdale’s vote on new graduation standards comes the week after the state Board of Education approved new minimum graduation requirements for districts across Arizona.
Arizona’s standards require districts to offer two diplomas for students starting with the class of 2013, or freshmen starting in fall 2009.
Both state diplomas will require 22 credits, four years of math and three of science. A Regents Diploma would signify a student has completed all of the requirements to attend an Arizona university, including two years of a world language.
Scottsdale’s proposal offers the Regents Diploma one year early, starting with the class of 2012, or freshmen starting in fall 2008. Next year’s freshmen would also have the option of earning the district’s Scholar Diploma, a 24-credit option that adds two elective credits to the Regents Diploma requirements.
Scottsdale’s plan also phases in state requirements for the standard diploma, requiring the class of 2012 to take three credits each of math and science and then adding one more math credit for the class of 2013.
Board members voiced support for the plan at their last meeting.
Board member Jennifer Petersen said Friday she especially likes the standard diploma, which gives every student an opportunity to graduate, and the Scholar Diploma, since it recognizes students who go above and beyond the requirements.
“I think it had enough offerings,” Petersen said. “It was something for everybody.”