Schools to weigh cut in number of credits needed to graduate

November 03, 1992|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County public school students may need one credit less to graduate if the school board follows new state graduation requirements.

The county's eight-member school board is expected to vote tomorrow on recommended changes for graduation. The new requirements would begin with freshmen entering school in the 1993-94 school year.

Last month, school board members received a report from Superintendent C. Berry Carter II's staff listing a number of recommendations for the school system to adopt in order to fall in line with state requirements.

Recommendations included:

* Reducing the number of credits needed for graduation from 22 to 21.

* Replacing the county's Certificates of Program Achievement with the state's Certificate of Merit.

* Requiring students to take a half-credit course in fitness for life and a half-credit course in heath education. Currently, a one-credit physical education course is required.

* Deleting non-lab science courses.

* Restructuring Algebra I and merging various geometry courses in order to make the classes open to all students.

The staff also drafted guidelines for implementing the state's community service requirement by Jan. 31. Local school systems are allowed to design their own student-service programs, subject to state approval.

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