New Graduation Requirements
New Requirements for 2020-2021
The state of Colorado added requirements for students graduating in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. District 20 is following these requirements. For more information please see Academy District 20 Administrative Policy IKF.
These requirements go into effect for students graduating in the 2020-2021 school year. If the student graduates prior to the 2020-2021 school year these changes will not affect them.
How Graduation Requirements Changed
Students must meet credit requirements as well as proficiency requirements for math and English. There are no changes to the credit requirements that were adopted in 2010.
How can students demonstrate proficiency in English and Math to meet these new requirements?
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has established four options for meeting the math and English proficiency requirements. Students may demonstrate proficiency by:
- attaining a CDE defined minimum score on an approved assessment,
obtaining an industry certificate as part of an approved D20 program,
- earning a C- or higher in an approved English or math concurrent enrollment course, or
- obtaining a passing score on a capstone project.
All four of these options are available to D20 students. Students must demonstrate proficiency in both English and math and may do so in one or more of the four options above.
What are the minimum scores required on the Colorado Department of Education approved assessments?
The Colorado Department of Education keeps an updated list of approved assessments with corresponding cut scores.
Which Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exams are approved for English and math proficiency?
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- IB Math Studies
- IB Math SL
How do I find more information about concurrent enrollment?
Based on their Individual & Career Academic Plan (ICAP), college-ready high school students may need to take classes that are not available in District 20. Students must meet eligibility requirements as set by the district and state in order to take classes at our affiliated post-secondary institutions. Approved English and math courses taken through concurrent enrollment may satisfy the English and math proficiency requirements for graduation. For more information about concurrent enrollment policies and procedures, students should see their high school College & Career Counselor.
Which industry certifications are approved for demonstrating proficiency in English and math?
Students who earn an industry certification as part of an approved D20 Career and Technical Education program may demonstrate proficiency in English and math. For a current list of these industry certifications, go to www.asd20.org/collegeandcareer.
What is a capstone project?
Students may demonstrate proficiency by obtaining a passing score on a capstone project approved for math and/or English that aligns with their Individual Career and Academic Plan. Capstone projects will be done in conjunction with a course taken during the senior year. A capstone project is a culminating academic project.
What is the relevancy of the Individual Career and Academic Plan?
Each student in grades 6-12 maintains an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). The ICAP sets a course of study and establishes a meaningful postsecondary plan for each student based on completion of all requirements for graduation from Academy District 20 schools.
How will parents and students know about their progress toward meeting graduation requirements?
Students and parents will be notified during the fall of the senior year if students have not yet met the proficiency requirements for English and math. Students and parents will also be informed if students are not on track for the credit requirement.
Who is tracking the data, and how is it being tracked?
Students and parents/guardians will also be able to keep informed on student progress toward graduation credit requirements through their own view of the Academic Planner, which enables school administrators and counselors to view and report on this data. Students and parents/guardians will also be able to keep informed on student progress toward graduation requirements through their own view of the Academic Planner that will be made available on the Parent Portal.
Can schools supplement the menu or must they adhere to the district policy?
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has established four options for meeting the math and English proficiency requirements. Academy District 20 Administrative Policy IKF reflects the four options. Individual schools may not create options outside of state requirements and district policy.