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Changed graduation requirements affect Douglas County students

Members of current freshman class fall under new standards


In October 2016, the Douglas County School Board approved changes in the school district's graduation requirements. The new requirements begin with the freshman class of the 2017-18 school year. Students must meet two additional requirements by their 2021 graduation date.

Below are three things to know:

Credits are the same

Students still need 24 credits to graduate.

Each student is required to complete 16 credits in Common Core State Standards, part of Colorado Academic Standards, including four language-arts credits, three math credits including at least one credit of algebra, three science credits, three social studies credit including at least a half credit of civics/U.S. government, one practical arts credit, one fine arts credit and one physical education credit. And each student must complete eight elective credits.

No change in community service hours

High school students must document at least 20 hours of community service to graduate.

Academic plan, college and career readiness are new

Beginning with the class of 2021 — or the freshman class of the current school year — students will create and complete an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and/or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that meets the district's graduation requirements, according to the DCSD website.

To receive a diploma, students will also be required to demonstrate college and career readiness by documenting proficiency in English and math through one of 10 approved methods, including ACT, SAT, district capstone or industry certificate. A list of methods can be found at www.dcsdk12.org/graduation.


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