School Board Policy 613 -
Graduation Requirements

 

Adopted: september 8, 1997  REVISED: june 11, 2002  revised: July 18, 2005  revised: november 8, 2007  revised: december 14, 2009 revised: april 11, 2011 revised: february 13, 2012

I. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to set forth requirements for graduation from the school district.

II. General Statement of Policy 

The policy of the school district is that all students must satisfactorily complete, as determined by the school district, all course credit requirements, all state academic standards, or local standards where state standards do not apply, and successfully pass graduation examinationsas required, in order to graduate.

III. Definitions

  1. “Course credit” is equivalent to a student’s successful completion of an academic year of study or a student’s mastery of the applicable subject matter, as determined by the school district.

  2. “English Language Learners” or “ELL” students means individuals whose first language is not English and whose test performance may be negatively impacted by lack of English language proficiency.

  3. “GRAD” means the graduation-required assessment for diploma that measures the reading, writing, and mathematics proficiency of high school students.

  4. “Individualized Education Plan,” or “IEP,” means a written statement developed for a student eligible by law for special education and services.

  5. “Section 504 Accommodation” means the defined appropriate accommodations or modifications that must be made in the school environment to address the needs of an individual student with disabilities.

IV. Test Administrator 

Superintendent or designee shall be named the school district test administrator.

V. Graduation Requirements 

  1. All students must pass the Minnesota State assessments in reading, mathematics, and written composition as per Minnesota State requirements in order to graduate. Students who have not successfully passed a basic skills test by the end of the 2011- 2012 school year must pass the GRAD as set forth in Section V.B. and V.C.

  2. For students enrolled in grade 8 in the 2005-2006 school year and later, only the following options shall fulfill students’ state graduation test requirements:

    1. for reading and mathematics:

      1. obtaining an achievement level equivalent to or greater than proficient as determined through a standard setting process on the Minnesota comprehensive assessments in grade 10 for reading and grade 11 for mathematics or achieving a passing score as determined through a standard setting process on the GRAD in grade 10 for reading and grade 11 for mathematics or subsequent retests;

      2. achieving a passing score as determined through a standard setting process on the state-identified language proficiency test in reading and the mathematics test for English language learners or the GRAD equivalent of those assessments for students designated as English language learners;

      3. achieving an individual passing score on the GRAD as determined by appropriate state guidelines for students with an IEP or 504 plan;

      4. obtaining an achievement level equivalent to or greater than proficient as determined through a standard setting process on the state-identified alternate assessment or assessments in grade 10 for reading and grade 11 for mathematics for students with an IEP; or

      5. achieving an individual passing score on the state-identified alternate assessment or assessments as determined by appropriate state guidelines for students with an IEP; and

    2. for writing:

      1. achieving a passing score on the GRAD;

      2. achieving a passing score as determined through a standard setting process on the state-identified language proficiency test in writing for students designated as English language learners;

      3. achieving an individual passing score on the GRAD as determined by appropriate state guidelines for students with an IEP or 504 plan; or

      4. achieving an individual passing score on the state-identified alternate assessment or assessments as determined by appropriate state guidelines for students with an IEP.

  3. Students enrolled in grade 8 in any school year from the 2005-2006 school year to the 2009-2010 school year who do not pass the mathematics GRAD under Section V.B.1., above, are eligible to receive a high school diploma with a passing state notation if they:

    1. complete with a passing score or grade all state and local coursework and credits required for graduation by the school board granting the students their diploma;

    2. participate in district-prescribed academic remediation in mathematics; and

    3. fully participate in at least two retests of the mathematics GRAD test or until they pass the mathematics GRAD test, whichever comes first.

      [Note: Section V.C. applies to the 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 school years only.]

  4. All students must satisfactorily complete an appropriate number of credits as approved by the School Board and identified in the White Bear Lake Area Schools Registration Guide or have met the requirements of an IEP or 504 plan.

VI. Students in Unique Situations 

In order to graduate from the school district, all students must fulfill the graduation test requirements in reading, mathematics, and writing established by Minn. Stat. §§ 120B.02 and 120B.30 as set forth in Sections V.A., V.B., and V.C., above, with the following exceptions:

  1. ELL students are required to pass the GRAD only if they have been enrolled in any Minnesota school for at least four consecutive years. An ELL student who first enrolls in a Minnesota school in grade 9 or above and who completes the coursework and any other state and district requirements to graduate within a four-year period is not required to pass the GRAD;

  2. Shared-time students are not required to pass the GRAD unless they intend to graduate from the school district.

  3. Students who have transferred from another state will not be required to pass the GRAD if they passed graduation examinations in other states with examinations acceptable to MDE.

  4. Students with IEPs or 504 accommodation plans will be tested and required to pass the GRAD as specified in the students’ IEPs or 504 accommodation plans.

VII. Early Graduation 

Students may be considered for early graduation, as provided for within Minnesota Statutes, Section 120B.07 upon meeting the following conditions:

  1. All course, standardsand credit requirements must be met;

  2. The principal or designee shall conduct an interview with the student and parent or guardian, familiarize the parties with opportunities available in post-secondary education, and arrive at a timely decision; and

  3. The principal’s decision shall be in writing and may be subject to review by the superintendent and school board.

VIII. Notice

Within 30 working days of a student’s entry into grade 9 or transfer into the district during or after grade 9, the school district will notify students and their parents of the school district’s graduation requirements and the grade in which the student will have the first opportunity to take a GRAD. The school district also will provide written notice of the GRAD results to parents and the student no later than 60 days after the school district receives the results and will provide written notice of the basic requirements test results no later than 90 days after the school district receives the results. The school district also will provide notice of remediation and/or additional testing opportunities and/or accommodations.

Legal References: 
Minn. Stat. § 120B.02 (Educational Expectations for Minnesota’s Students)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.021 (Required Academic Standards)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.023 (Benchmarks)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.024 (Graduation Requirements; Course Credits)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.07 (Early Graduation)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.30 (Statewide Testing and Reporting System)
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0010–3501.0180 (Graduation Standards – Mathematics and Reading)
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0200–3501.0290 (Graduation Standards–Written Composition)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0505-3501.0550 (Graduation Standards – Language Arts)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0700-3501.0745 (Graduation Standards – Mathematics)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0800-3501.0815 (Graduation Standards – Arts) 
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1000-3501.1190 (Graduation- Required Assessment for Diploma)
20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)

Cross References: 
WBLASB Policy 104 (School District Mission Statement)
WBLASB Policy 601 (School District Curriculum and Instruction Goals)
WBLASB Policy 614 (School District Testing Plan and Procedure)
WBLASB Policy 615 (Testing Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions for IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and LEP Students) WBLASB Policy 616 (School District System Accountability)
White Bear Lake Area High School Registration Guide