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Graduation requirements are confusing: here’s answers

by Maggie Allen

Recently, the State Board of Education made some decisions regarding the number of credits earned that will greatly impact our middle and high school students. Since it is so important that both parents and students understand these new decisions, the following questions and their answers may help.

What is the credit requirement for this year’s 7th grade students

This year’s 7th grade students must have passed one credit of English and one credit of math with a grade of C or better in order to move from the 9th to the 10th grade.

What is the credit requirement for this year’s 6th grade students?

Next year’s 7th graders must pass one and one-half credits each of math and English with a grade of C or better during their 7th and 8th grade year in order to move from the 9th to the 10th grade.

What are the credit requirements for high school students beginning in the year 1999-2000?

To move from a 9th grade to a 10th grade classification, students must pass five credits of instruction.

What are the credit requirements for junior students beginning in 2000-2001?

Junior students must pass eleven credits or they will not be allowed to take the high school proficiency exams. Nevada students may not graduate until they have passed these exams.

What are the credit requirements for senior students beginning in 2000-2001?

Passing seventeen units will be the requirement in order to be designated a senior.

What is an advanced diploma?

A student may receive an advanced diploma if he or she completes 24 credits as long as these credits include 3 in science, 3 in math, and 1 in social studies.

What can students do to help themselves meet these new requirements?

These new requirements hold our students very accountable. To meet this accountability, students need to make every effort to attend classes regularly, ask questions, seek help when they don’t understand instruction, and complete homework and project assignments.

What will Douglas County School District do to help students meet these requirements?

These new requirements hold Douglas County School District accountable as well. To meet this accountability, the district will make every effort to will provide the very best in instruction as well as additional help in the form of tutoring, homework clubs, before-and-after-school classes, summer school and Saturday classes, and reading camps.

What can parents do to help students meet these requirements?

Parents can keep in constant contact with schools so they know exactly the status of their students’ credits. Making sure their students ask for and receive the kind of extra help they need and monitoring closely attendance and homework/project completion will help students reach the ultimate goal -graduation.

If students, schools, and parents all work together, we will have the finished product we all desire – literate and productive graduates from Douglas County Schools.

For more information, please contact Maggie Allen, Communications Liaison, DCSD