High school changes proposed State board gets plan for diploma requirements.

May 23, 1991|By Mark Bomster | Mark Bomster,Evening Sun Staff

Students would have to take geometry and algebra, study laboratory science and complete a "citizenship practicum" to get their high school diplomas under recommendations given to the state Board of Education this week.

The board will wait until next month's meeting to discuss the overhaul of graduation requirements recommended by state school Superintendent Joseph L. Shilling.

The detailed plan, first outlined by a special task force on high school graduation in January, is intended to better prepare students for higher education or employment.

The task force recommended that the new requirements go into effect starting with the incoming ninth grade class in the 1992-1993 school year.

But the new requirements, which have been revised since January, would still have to undergo public hearings and be approved by the board.

The plan would still require students to complete a minimum of 20 credits in order to graduate.

But it would add requirements in certain areas, such as science and technology education.

Among the proposals:

* A requirement that students take one credit in algebra and one in geometry to satisfy the current requirement of three credits in mathematics.

* Increasing the science requirement to three credits from two, and requiring that they include life and physical sciences that require work in the laboratory.

* A requirement related to career and technology education or computer studies.

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