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No changes to SSHS graduation requirements for 2009-2010

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While the latest legislative session passed education law which this year gives high schools and students more flexibility for electives in class schedules, Sulphur Springs High School will not be making those adjustments until the 2010-2011 school year, according to Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed.

Reed reported on changes regarding graduation requirements which House Bill 3 provided for during the July school board meeting. District officials opted not to make those changes as staff had already been hired to fill classes that would be affected by such a change.

“Basically, what it does is increase the number of electives students have available and takes away some of the other requirements,” Reed noted. “The basic plan requires 26 credits to graduate on the recommended plan. It now requires students to have four each of English, math, science and social studies. That takes up a large percentage of kids’ year each year, leaving little room for electives. This change provides more flexibility. It’s effective immediately.”

Essentially, HB3 on the distinguished and recommended programs eliminates technology applications and health as required classes, and reduces the number of physical education courses from 1.5 credits to 1 credit. The plan increased the number of electives to six, with speech now counting as a half credit elective under the recommended plan. The recommended plan also will require the student to have “two languages other than English” credits and one fine arts credit. These changes increase the number of electives to five on the distinguished plan, but will still require three languages other than English credits, one fine arts credit and one physical education credit, according to Texas Education Agency.

“Local districts may continue to adopt additional graduation requirements that go beyond the state requirements for graduation,” Commissioner of Education Robert Scott wrote in a July 3 letter advising school administrators of the change.

“This year we already have the kids scheduled to take the required classes and teachers to teach them. We are going to go on with the original plan. We recommend technology applications be a local requirement now and next year make changes to the master plan,” Reed said.




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