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BIXBY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

POLICY 3127

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

I.

The Bixby Board of Education recognizes that a prescribed course of study in certain specific subject areas has proven to be beneficial in assisting students to become productive citizens and to prepare for advanced study. Therefore, it is the policy of the board of education that a minimum of 23 or more units of credits in the subject areas listed below shall be obtained by the student to be eligible for graduation.

II.

In order to graduate Bixby Public Schools with a standard diploma, students shall complete the following college preparatory/work ready curriculum units or sets of competencies at the secondary level. In lieu of the requirements of the college preparatory/work ready curriculum for high school graduation, a student may enroll in the core curriculum for high school graduation, upon written approval of the parent or legal guardian of the student. Additionally, every student shall demonstrate mastery of the state academic content standards in the following subject areas in order to graduate with a standard diploma. (70 O.S. § 1210.523) a.

Algebra I;

b.

English II; and

c.

Two of the following five: i. Algebra II, ii. Biology I, iii. English III, iv. Geometry, and v. United States History.

III.

Option 1: College Preparatory/Work Ready Curriculum for High School Graduation (Minimum Requirements) (Title 70 O.S. § 11-103.6) a.

4 Units English to include Grammar, Composition, Literature, or any English course approved for college admission requirements;

b.

3 Units Mathematics limited to Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, or any mathematics course with content and/or rigor above Algebra I and approved for college admission requirements;

c.

3 Units Laboratory Science limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any laboratory science course with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology and approved for college admission requirements;

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IV.

d.

3 Units History and Citizenship Skills including one unit of American History, one-half unit of Oklahoma History, one-half unit of United States Government and one unit from the subjects of History, Government, Geography, Economics, Civics, or non-Western culture and approved for college admission requirements;

e.

2 Units of the same Foreign or non-English language, or 2 Units Computer Technology approved for college admission requirements, whether taught at a high school or a technology center school, including computer programming, hardware, and business computer applications, such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics, excluding keyboarding or typing courses;

f.

1 Additional Unit selected from the courses listed above or career and technology education courses approved for college admission requirements; and

g.

1 Unit or Set of Competencies of Fine Arts such as music, art, or drama, or 1 Unit or Set of Competencies of Speech

h.

A Total of 6 Units of Electives are required.

Option 2: Core Curriculum for High School Graduation (Minimum Requirements) (Title 70 O.S. § 11-103.6 and State Board of Education Regulations) a.

4 Units or Sets of Competencies Language Arts 1 Grammar and Composition, and 3 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, Advanced English courses, or other English courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above grammar and composition.

b.

3 Units or Sets of Competencies Mathematics 1 Algebra I or Algebra I taught in a contextual methodology, and 2 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: Algebra II, Geometry or Geometry taught in a contextual methodology, Trigonometry, Math Analysis or Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics and/or Probability, Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Mathematics of Finance*, Intermediate Algebra*; contextual mathematics courses which enhance technology preparation whether taught at a (1) comprehensive high school, or (2) technology center school when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; mathematics courses taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the Bixby board of education; or other mathematics courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Algebra I.

c.

3 Units or Sets of Competencies Science 1 Biology I or Biology I taught in a contextual methodology, and 2 in the areas of life, physical, or earth science or technology which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: Chemistry I, Physics, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physical Science, Earth Science, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Astronomy, Applied Biology/Chemistry, Applied Physics, Principles of Technology, qualified agricultural education courses (including but not limited to Horticulture, Plant and Soil Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and Animal Science); contextual science courses which enhance technology preparation whether taught at a (1) comprehensive high school, or (2) technology center school when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State Board of Education and the Bixby board of education; science courses

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taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; or other science courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology I. d.

3 Units or Sets of Competencies Social Studies 1 United States History, 1/2 to 1 United States Government, 1/2 Oklahoma History, and 1/2 to 1 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: World History, Geography, Economics, Anthropology, or other social studies courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above United States History, United States Government, and Oklahoma History.

e.

2 Units or Sets of Competencies The Arts which may include, but are not limited to courses in Visual Arts and General Music.

f.

A Total of 8 Units of Electives are required.

V.

Elective credit may consist of coursework designed to meet the individual needs and interests of the student. However, all students in grades nine through twelve are required to enroll in a minimum of six hours of rigorous academic and/or rigorous vocational courses each day, which may include arts, vocal and instrumental music, speech classes, and physical education classes.

VI.

To meet the graduation requirements, credits may include courses taken by concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, internet/web-based instruction, correspondence, or courses bearing different titles. Such options shall be controlled by local, state, and federal policies and procedures and may be subject to the prior approval of the high school principal. Bixby Public Schools encourages students to complete two units or sets of competencies of foreign languages while enrolled in high school.

VII.

Credit may be given for the above-referenced courses when the courses are taken in the seventh or eighth grades if the teachers are certified or authorized by law to teach the subjects for high school credit and the required course rigor is maintained. Courses completed in the seventh or eighth grade for high school credit shall NOT figure in a student’s high school (grade 9 – 12) grade point average. Such credit shall not count as one of the minimum “core curriculum” or “college preparatory/work ready core curriculum” requirements in math, science, English, or social studies/history/citizenship credits identified above.

VIII.

No student will be allowed to receive credit more than once for completion of the same course or sets of competencies. All of the above-referenced courses may not be offered by the district. However, sufficient courses shall be offered to allow students to meet the graduation requirements during the secondary grade years of the student in the “College Preparatory/Work Ready Curriculum” and “Core Curriculum” areas of study.

IX.

The following regulations shall also apply: a.

Students who need more than one unit for graduation shall not be permitted to participate in the high school graduation/commencement exercises.

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X.

XI.

b.

At least two units of the last three units completed for graduation shall be completed in attendance at Bixby High School in order to receive a graduation diploma from Bixby High School.

c.

The Bixby Board of Education has the authority to set local requirements for graduation above those of the State Board of Education.

d.

A unit of work earned by a student in any summer school accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education in Oklahoma may be accepted at the option of Bixby Public Schools as resident credit.

e.

Units of work earned by a student in an approved area vocational/technical school in Oklahoma shall be certified by an area career-technical school to the high school in which the student is regularly enrolled. These units of work shall be counted toward meeting local and state requirements for graduation.

f.

A student’s GPA is a cumulative grade point average from grades 9-12.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS a.

A Carnegie Unit of credit is given for the successful completion of a course that meets a minimum of 40 minutes a day, five days per week, for at least 36 weeks, or the equivalent of 120 clock hours within the school year.

b.

Sets of competencies are the skills and competencies specified in the Priority Academic Student Skills, or other skills and competencies adopted by the State Board of Education.

c.

Rigor means a level of difficulty that is appropriate for the grade level and that meets state and national standards.

d.

Contextual methodology means academic content and skills taught by utilizing real-world problems and projects in such a way that helps students understand the application of knowledge.

House Bill 1756 amends Oklahoma law regarding the end-of-instruction requirements for a high school diploma. The law provides that students with disabilities whose individualized education program (IEP) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) indicates that the student is to be assessed with alternate achievement standards through the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP) may be eligible to graduate from a public high school with a standard diploma after failing to meet the requirements of Section II of this policy upon the determination of the school district that the student meets the following criteria: a.

Obtains a written recommendation from the student’s teacher of record in consultation with the teacher in each subject in which the student failed to meet the requirements of Section II of this policy. The recommendation shall be supported by the principal and by documentation demonstrating the acquired knowledge of the student by alternate measures as required by the individualized education program (IEP),

b.

Completes remediation opportunities to the extent required by the individualized education program (IEP),

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c.

Retakes the exam in each subject in which the student failed to meet the requirements of Section II of this policy if the individualized education program (IEP) requires retake opportunities,

d.

Maintains at least a C average or the equivalent in each subject in which the student failed to meet the requirements of Section II of this policy, and

e.

Meets all other graduation requirements of the school district in which the student is enrolled.

REFERENCE: 70 O.S. 2011, § 1210.523; 70 O.S. 11-103.2c; 70 O.S. 11-103.6

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