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New Graduation Requirements
The 77th Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval recently approved Assembly Bill 288, which makes significant changes to high school graduation requirements in Nevada. These changes will be phased in over the next three years as the State Board of Education makes decisions related to the specific requirements of the bill. Below are the changes that will be implemented.
1. The Nevada High School Proficiency Examination will be replaced with the requirements that a pupil pass at least four end-of-course examinations, based on 9th and 10th grade mathematics and English language arts courses.
2. The courses of study that will include an end-of-course exam required for graduation will be determined by the State Board of Education.
3. Students will need to pass all four end-of-course exams to receive a regular or an advanced diploma.
4. Students entering the 9th and 10th grades in 2013-14 will still be required to pass the existing Nevada High School Proficiency Exam while the new exams are being developed.
5. Students will also be required to take a college and career readiness assessment (e.g. ACT, SAT, SBAC, etc.) in grade 11 beginning with the 2014-15 school year. While participation is required for graduation, the results of the assessment cannot be used to determine a student’s eligibility for a diploma.
6. Students with disabilites can opt out of the college and career readiness assessment and end-of-course exams based on the decisions of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.
7. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA WILL NO LONGER RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE.
8. The bill also changed the statutory reference to the general educational development test (GED) and requires the State Board of Education to select a high school equivalency assessment.
The state will transition to these new requirements over the next few years and additional information on this will be provided as it becomes available.
Benefits of these changes include an increased emphasis of ensuring students are ready for college and career training. Moved to end-of-course exams will provide opportunities for 9th and 10th grade students to focus on specific areas of achievement in a timely manner. Following the 11th grade assessment, students who need additional instruction to avoid remedial courses at the college level will be able to take those courses during their senior year. Students who are already
prepared for college work will have the opportunity to enroll in dual credit classes while still in high school, earning college credit before graduation. Additionally, the elimination of certifications of attendance will increase the emphasis on achievement rather than attendance alone.
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