FAQs

Updated on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 8:06am

Graduation Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. Why are the Graduation Requirements changing for the class of 2021 and beyond?
  2. How do the new Graduation Requirements ensure better competency in mathematics and English?
  3. Why did the district reduce the Physical Education (PE) requirement to 1.0 credit?
  4. If a Senior in high school does not meet the minimum Graduation Requirements, what do they do next?
  5. How will the district ensure language is not a barrier within the new Graduation Requirements?
  6. Will there be multiple opportunities to demonstrate College and Career Readiness?
  7. What is a “District Capstone”?

Why are the Graduation Requirements changing for the class of 2021 and beyond?

New Graduation Requirements​ for the class of 2021 and beyond were developed in response to the Colorado State Legislature passing House Bill 07-1118--requiring the development of State High School Graduation Guidelines. The Graduation Guidelines include the following two components:

  • High school students will be required to achieve credits & coursework approved by the district’s board of education. 

-AND-

  • High school students must demonstrate College and Career Readiness in both English and mathematics by achieving a minimum score in at least ONE of the assessment categories approved by the State Board of Education.
     

How do the new Graduation Requirements ensure better competency in mathematics and English?

New for the class of 2021, Graduates must demonstrate Career and College Readiness in the areas of mathematics and English by achieving a minimum score in at least ONE of the assessment categories approved by the State Board of Education.

Why did the district reduce the Physical Education (PE) requirement to 1.0 credit?

Peer district comparisons, higher education admission requirements and post-secondary readiness data indicate that 1.0 credit of Physical Education is a sufficient graduation requirement. Additionally, schools will no longer offer a 1.0 credit PE Waiver. Students who would like to take additional PE classes are able to do so through their Electives credits.

If a Senior in high school does not meet the minimum Graduation Requirements, what do they do next?

Students not meeting the graduation requirements should work with their school counselor to address the deficiency. That plan may include, but is not limited to: returning to school for a fifth year, enrolling in a credit recovery program, taking online courses, etc.  Any student who does not graduate with the class of 2020 or before, will be subject to the new graduation requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond.

How will the district ensure language is not a barrier within the new Graduation Requirements?

We will continue to provide specialized services for all English Language Learners (ELLs) in the district to ensure all students have an equitable opportunity to succeed. Additionally, the College and Career Readiness Demonstrations allow students multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency through a wide variety of formats or assessments.

Will there be multiple opportunities to demonstrate College and Career Readiness?

Yes. The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education determined that students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate college and career readiness.

What is a “District Capstone”?

A capstone is the culminating exhibition of a student’s project or experience that demonstrates academic and intellectual learning. Capstone projects are district determined and often include a portfolio of a student’s best work. Capstone development in the content areas of English and mathematics will begin during the 2017-2018 school year.