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9 th Grade Parent Meeting. November 2, 2009. Our Purpose. At Walker Valley we believe that we work in cooperation with the student and the parent in order to form a partnership that will benefit each student.

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9 th grade parent meeting

9th Grade Parent Meeting

November 2, 2009

Our purpose

Our Purpose

  • At Walker Valley we believe that we work in cooperation with the student and the parent in order to form a partnership that will benefit each student.

  • Our goal is to see each student graduate from Walker Valley with a solid educational foundation under their feet.



  • The ultimate goal for each student is high school graduation. As we discussed in February at Ocoee Middle School the requirements for a high school diploma in Tennessee have changed. These new requirements have gone into effect with your child the graduating class of 2013.

  • High school is one step in life we must work to prepare your child for life after high school.

Why do we need to change

Why do we need to change?

Tn diploma project goals

TN Diploma Project Goals

  • Produce students ;

  • who are workplace and/or college ready through high expectations for all

  • who have deeper understanding of math and science and their relationship to technology (STEM)

  • who can work cooperatively in groups

  • who are ready to demonstrate responsibilities in their own lives and in service to their community

End of course exams

End of Course Exams

  • The High School Transition Policy requires students to be assessed in the following End of Course assessments:

  • English I, English II, English III,

  • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II,

  • U.S. History,

  • Biology I, Chemistry and/or Physics.



English - 4 Credits:

  • English I-1 Credit

  • English II-1 Credit

  • English III-1 Credit

  • English IV-1 Credit

Math requirements

Math Requirements

*Math - 4 Credits: (Students must take a math class each year)

  • Algebra I- 1 Credit

  • Geometry -1 Credit

  • Algebra II-1 Credit

  • Upper level Math:-1 Credit

    • Bridge Math Students who have not earned a 19 on the mathematics component of the ACT by the beginning of the senior year are recommended to complete the Bridge Math course.

    • STEM Math (Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or Statistics)

    • * One additional credit than current diploma

Sequencing for math

Sequencing For Math

Algebra IA*Geometry A*

Algebra IB**Geometry B**

GeometryAlgebra II

Algebra IIMath IV/Pre Cal/Stats

Math IV or BridgePre-Cal/Stats/Calculus

* = Elective Credit** = Math Credit



3.0 Required Credits

  • Physical Science

  • Biology

  • Chemistry or Physics

Social studies

Social Studies

3.5 Required Credits:

  • W. History or W. Geography – 1 Credit

  • U.S. History– 1 Credit

  • Economics– .5 Credit

  • Government– .5 Credit

  • + Personal Finance* - .5 Credit

  • This is a NEW requirement for the Class of 2013

Wellness physical education

Wellness / Physical Education

1.5 Required Credits

  • Wellness – 1 Credit

  • Physical Education*-.5 Credit

    • The physical education requirement may be met by substituting an equivalent time of physical activity in other areas including but not limited to marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, interscholastic athletics, and school sponsored intramural athletics.

      *This is an additional .5 credit for the Class of 2013

Fine arts foreign lang and elective focus

Fine Arts, Foreign Lang., and Elective Focus

6 Required Credits:

  • Fine Art – 1 Credit

  • Foreign Language – 2 Credits (Same)

  • Elective Focus – 3 Credits

    • Students completing a CTE elective focus must complete three units in the same CTE program area or state approved program of study.

    • Science and Math, Humanities, Fine Arts, or AP/IB

    • Other area approved by local Board of Education

  • The Fine Art and Foreign Language requirements may be waived for students who are sure they are not going to attend a University and be replaced with courses designed to enhance and expand the elective focus.



Honors Diploma

Diploma of Distinction

Students With Disabilities

Honors diploma

Honors Diploma

  • An Honors Diploma will be awarded to students who score at or above subject area benchmarks on the ACT or the equivalent score on the SAT.

  • The benchmark scores are as follows;

  • English - A score of 18 of 36

  • Reading (SS) – A score of 21 of 36

  • Math - A score of 22 of 36

  • Science- A score of 24 of 36

What is a benchmark score

What is a “benchmark” score?

  • “A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C in the corresponding credit bearing college courses.”

    • From the ACT Profile Report

Where does walker valley stand

Where does Walker Valley stand?

Walker Valley Benchmarks

Bradley County, State & National Benchmarks

2009 Graduates taking ACT

English 72% scored 18 or above

Math 33% scored 22 or above

Soc. Stu. 53% at 21 or above

Science 25% at 24 or above

Percentage of students who scored at or above each benchmark = 18%

  • 2009 Graduates taking ACT

  • DistrictState US

    • 69% 69% 67%

    • 29% 33% 42%

    • 52% 50% 53%

    • 20% 24% 28%

    • 16% 18% 23%

Wvhs act scoring

WVHS & ACT Scoring

W.V. DistrictState U.S.

English 21 20.6 20.7 20.6

Math 19.7 19.3 19.8 21.0

Soc. Studies 21.5 21.2 21.0 21.4

Science 20.9 20.4 20.4 20.9

Composite 20.9 20.5 20.6 21.1

WV graduates score above the district in all areas

WV graduates score above the state in all except Math

WV graduates score at or above the nation except in Math and composite scores

Diploma of distinction

Diploma of Distinction

  • Students will be recognized as graduating with distinction by attaining a B average and completing at least one of the following:

  • Earn a nationally recognized Industry Certification

  • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools

  • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations

  • Selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist

  • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT

  • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two AP exams

  • Successfully complete the IB Diploma Program

  • Earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities

  • An IEP certificate will be awarded to SWD who have

  • (1) satisfactorily completed an IEP,

  • (2) successfully completed a portfolio, and

  • (3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct.

  • OR

Swd continued

SWD continued

  • A Transition Certificate may be awarded to SWD who, at the end of the 4th year of high school, have failed to earn a regular diploma (22 units of credit) but have satisfactorily completed an IEP, and have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct.

  • SWD may continue to work towards the high school diploma through the end of the school year in which they turn twenty two years old.

All students

All Students

  • All students who do not meet the requirements for an Honors Diploma, Diploma of Distinction or a Student with Disabilities who meets the required number of credits (28) in the correct areas will be eligible for a regular high school diploma.

How do we get there

How do we get there?

  • Students cannot rely on talent alone

  • Students must ask for help from their teachers

  • Students must complete their work – on time while doing their best work – make doing their best a habit.

    • “Successful people aren't born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don't like to do. The successful people don't always like these things themselves; they just get on and do them.”

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