Graduation Requirements

Report
Directors of Guidance Conference
September 14, 2012
2012-2013
TEA Curriculum Update
Shelly Ramos
Director of Academic Standards and Services
Curriculum Division, TEA
Agenda
• Graduation Requirements
• Academic Achievement Record
• Texas Virtual School Network
• Curriculum Updates
• FAQs
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Graduation Requirements
New Chapter 74, Subchapter G,
Graduation Requirements
beginning with 2012-2013
Visit
www.tea.state.tx.us/graduation.aspx
for more information and the updated
side-by-side.
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Graduation Requirements
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Graduation Requirements
Minimum High School Program (MHSP)
 A student on the MHSP will be permitted to take
Principles of Technology to satisfy the physics
requirement if he or she takes chemistry and
physics rather than IPC.
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Graduation Requirements
Recommended High School Program (RHSP)
Mathematics course sequence requirements:
• Mathematical Models with Applications must be
successfully completed prior to Algebra II.
• CTE courses that may satisfy the fourth
mathematics requirement may be taken after the
successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry
and either after the successful completion of or
concurrently with Algebra II.
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Graduation Requirements
Recommended High School Program (RHSP)
Science course sequence requirements:
• Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) must be
successfully completed prior to Chemistry and
Physics.
• CTE courses that may satisfy the fourth science
requirement may be taken after the successful
completion of Biology and Chemistry and either after
the successful completion of or concurrently with
Physics.
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Graduation Requirements
Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP)
Math course sequence requirements:
• The fourth mathematics credit must be taken after
successful completion of Algebra I, Algebra II, and
Geometry.
• CTE courses that may satisfy the fourth
mathematics requirement may be taken after the
successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry
and either after the successful completion of or
concurrently with Algebra II.
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Graduation Requirements
Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP)
Science course sequence requirements:
• CTE courses that may satisfy the fourth science
requirement may be taken after the successful
completion of Biology and Chemistry and either after the
successful completion of or concurrently with Physics.
• That is now the only science sequencing requirement.
The requirement that any 4th science credit on the DAP
can only be earned after completion of Biology,
Chemistry, and Physics will not apply to this cohort.
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Graduation Requirements
All Three Graduation Programs
A student who is unable to participate in physical
activity due to disability or illness may substitute an
academic elective credit (English language arts,
mathematics, science, or social studies) for the
physical education credit requirement.
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Graduation Requirements
The determination regarding a student's ability to
participate in physical activity will be made by
• the student’s ARD committee,
• the Section 504 committee, or
• a committee established by the school district of
persons with appropriate knowledge regarding the
student if neither of the first two committees is
applicable. This committee shall follow the same
procedures required of an ARD or a Section 504
committee.
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Graduation Requirements
Combining Credits
TAC, §74.26(d), allows a local school district to award
credit proportionately to students to who are able to
successfully complete only one semester of a twosemester course. Unless the TAC specifically prohibits
combining two half credits to satisfy a graduation
requirement, in accordance with local district policy, a
student may satisfy a graduation requirement for which
there are multiple options with one-half credit of one
allowable option and one-half credit of a second
allowable option.
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Graduation Requirements
A student may not combine
• a half credit of Algebra II with a half credit from
another mathematics course to satisfy the final
mathematics credit requirement (MHSP)
• a half credit of either World History Studies or World
Geography Studies with a half credit from another
academic elective course to satisfy the academic
elective credit requirement (MHSP)
• a half credit of a course for which there is an end-ofcourse assessment with another elective to satisfy an
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Graduation Requirements
Prerequisites
A student may not be enrolled in a course that has a
required prerequisite unless the student
• has completed the prerequisite course(s);
• has demonstrated equivalent knowledge as
determined by the school district; or
• was already enrolled in the course in an out-of-state,
an out-of-country, or a Texas nonpublic school and
transferred to a Texas public school prior to
successfully completing the course.
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Graduation Requirements
Prerequisites
A district may award credit for a course a student
completed without having met the prerequisites if the
student completed the course in an out-of-state, an
out-of-country, or a Texas nonpublic school where there
was not a prerequisite.
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Academic Achievement Record
The 2012 Minimum Standards for the AAR is now available
at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5974.
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Curriculum Updates
Bullying Prevention
In accordance with House Bill 1942 (82nd Texas
Legislature, 2011), the State Board of Education is
responsible for adopting essential knowledge and
skills on bullying prevention and intervention in
conjunction with the Texas School Safety Center.
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Curriculum Updates
Bullying Prevention
Expected timeline:
November 2012—SBOE scheduled to discuss
rulemaking
Spring 2013—SBOE expected to adopt revisions to
the TEKS to include bullying prevention and
intervention
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Curriculum Updates
Changes to Rules for English Language Learners
• The term Limited English Proficient (LEP) was updated
to English Language Learner (ELL) throughout the rule
• The dual language rules in Chapter 89, Subchapter FF
have been repealed as a separate rule and
incorporated into Chapter 89, Subchapter BB to clarify
the relationship between bilingual education and dual
language instruction
• The amended rule clarifies that bilingual and ESL
programs must be selected from the four program
models outlined in statute
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Curriculum Updates
Changes to Rules for English Language Learners
• The deadline for exceptions and waivers was changed
from October 1 of each year to November 1 of each year
• Several references to periods of time clarify that that four
weeks is equivalent to 20 school days.
• The amended rule clarifies the requirements for serving
students who are English language learners and who
also qualify for special education services.
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Curriculum Updates
Changes to Rules for English Language Learners
• A campus administrator has been added to the
composition of the LPAC to align with requirements in
statute.
The campus administrator must be personnel coded as Function
23 (principals, assistant principals and related staff) under School
Leadership as defined by the Financial Accountability System
Resource Guide. Principals, assistant principals and related staff
are personnel that:
 Supervise all operations of the campus
 Evaluate staff members of the campus
 Assign duties to staff members maintaining the records of
the students on the campus
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Curriculum Updates
Changes to Rules for English Language Learners
• The rule now references “facilities” instead of “schools”
to address the use of newcomer centers and clarifies the
limit on the amount of time a student may be housed at a
newcomer center.
• The rule was updated to clarify that tests used for
identification, exit, and placement of students must be renormed every eight years to align with timelines for
requirements of similar tests included in statute.
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Texas Virtual School Network
(TxVSN)
TxVSN Statewide Course Catalog
• Offers courses for high school graduation
• Serves students in grades 8–12
• Participation through school districts and openenrollment charter schools
• ADA-funded based on successful course completion
• Over 450 participating districts and charter schools
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Texas Virtual School Network
(TxVSN)
TxVSN Courses
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Highly interactive, teacher-led courses taught by Texas
certified instructors
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Emphasize extensive, meaningful interaction between
instructor/student and among students
•
Reviewed to ensure 100% alignment to Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and iNACOL National
Standards of Quality for Online Courses
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Reviewed to ensure compliance with accessibility
requirements
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Texas Virtual School Network
(TxVSN)
Benefits for Students
• Equitable access to courses needed to meet their
graduation plan and prepare for their future
• Equitable access to highly qualified instructors
• Opportunity to take courses
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not available locally;
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for acceleration or credit recovery; and
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to earn college credit.
• Flexible scheduling, flexible pace
• Individualized instruction
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQs)
Does every student have
to complete physics to graduate?
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FAQs
No. Physics is a requirement for graduation
on the RHSP and DAP. Please note that a
student on the RHSP may satisfy the physics
requirement by successfully completing
Principles of Technology.
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FAQs
If a student on the RHSP has
credit for chemistry, can he or she
still drop back to the MHSP and
take IPC?
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FAQs
Yes. A student on the MHSP is required to have
two credits in science—one in Biology and one
in Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC).
SBOE rule does not dictate a course sequence
on the MHSP, so a student may elect to
complete IPC at any time.
(In this scenario, the chemistry credit could
satisfy the academic elective requirement.)
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FAQs
Can any student combine ½ credit of one
science course with ½ credit of another to
satisfy the fourth science credit?
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FAQs
Possibly. In accordance with local district policy, a
student may satisfy a graduation requirement for
which there are multiple options with ½ credit of one
allowable option and ½ credit of a second allowable
option.
An additional point to remember:
Students who met their science requirement with IPC, making
Physics their fourth science credit, may not combine ½ credit of
Physics with ½ credit of any other course (except POT).
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FAQs
Who may satisfy English I and/or English II
requirements through ESOL I and ESOL II?
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FAQs
Students identified as Limited English Proficient
(LEP) who are at the beginning or intermediate
level of English language proficiency, as defined by
TAC §74.4(d) (English Language Proficiency
Standards), may be enrolled in ESOL I or ESOL II.
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FAQs
How do districts determine a student’s
proficiency level in order to qualify him for
enrollment in ESOL I or ESOL II?
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FAQs
• The Texas English Language Proficiency
Assessment System (TELPAS) composite score
should be used to determine whether a student is at
the beginning or intermediate level of English
language proficiency.
• For a student who does not have a TELPAS score
due to recent enrollment in a Texas school, the
Language Proficiency Assessment Committee
(LPAC) should make a placement decision based on
the identification process outlined in TAC §89.1225.
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TEA Updates
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Addressed
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TEA Updates
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Questions?
Contact the Curriculum Division
by email at [email protected]
by telephone at (512) 463-9581
Shelly Ramos
Director of Academic Standards and Services
[email protected]
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