Tuesday, December 20, 2005

State Board of Education Approves Increased State High School Graduation Requirements

State Board of Education Approves Increased State High School Graduation Requirements

The state of Michigan just approved a new set of graduation requirements:

The Michigan Merit Core of academic courses in the State Board’s plan include:

* four years of English language arts;
* one year each of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and an additional math class in the senior year;
* one year each of Biology; Physics or Chemistry; and one additional year of science;
* three years of social science, which must include a semester of civics and a semester of economics;
* two years of world languages;
* one year of health/physical education; and
* one year of visual and performing arts.

The State Board also requires that all high school students take the Michigan Merit Exam, or the alternate MI-ACCESS assessment for students with severe disabilities; and that all students complete at least one on-line credit or non-credit course or learning experience, in order to graduate.

This is what we should all be thinking about. Most schools tout themselves as institutions that strive to promote lifelong learning somewhere in their mission statements. This is a step in the right direction. Online learning is accessible, affordable, and collaborative. Perfect for the flat world.

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