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Rigor, Relevance and RelationshipsPersonal Curriculum – Accelerated Learning

April 2008

Presentation Objectives

Develop awareness of:

  • Accelerated Learning Opportunities/Personal Curriculum Application for High School Graduation Requirements

  • State Board of Education “Recommendations for College Credit Earning Opportunities”


Why…Economic Survival

  • Our students face both national and international competition

  • Research shows students are not prepared to succeed in college or workplace

  • Courses like Algebra II are new gateway to higher paying jobs

  • Michigan’s economic recovery is tied to a well-educated workforce

Strong math and science backgrounds

Creative problem solvers

Effective communicators

Leadership qualities

Flexibility - ability to adapt

A minimum of 14 years of education

Why…Employers Want

Successful High School Programs

  • High expectations

  • Rigorous requirements

  • Academic studies applied to real-world problems and projects

  • Challenging career/technical studies

  • Work-based learning opportunities

Long-term Goal: Make Higher Education Universal

Michigan must forge an expectation that all students will achieve a postsecondary degree or credential.

Cherry Commission Report on

Higher Education &

Economic Growth

College Credit Earning Opportunities

  • Advance Placement

  • Dual Enrollment

  • Testing Out

  • Early and Middle College High Schools

  • International Baccalaureate

Advanced Placement

  • H.S. students may take college-level AP courses offered by district or online

  • Counted toward graduation & MMC requirements

  • High scores (3-5) on AP exam earns college credit

  • AP Fee Reduction Programavailable

Dual Enrollment

  • 11th & 12th grades Courses taken during academic year students

  • Qualifying scores on PLAN, PSAT, ACT or MME

  • Enrolled in at least one H.S. course.

  • Course not offered at H.S.

  • Districts pay most or all of tuition & course fees

  • Credit taken for H.S., college or both

Testing Out

  • Any high school student may test out of any high school course

    • Passing grade in the final exam

    • Schedule assessment in timely manner

    • Counted toward graduation and MMC requirements

  • If no final exam, mastery through basic assessment:

    • Portfolio

    • Performance

    • Paper Project

    • Presentation

Testing Out (cont.)

  • Grant credit in a foreign language whether offered by district or not

  • Demonstrate proficiency:

    • Competency test

    • Other board established criteria

What are Early & Middle College High Schools?

  • Earn H.S. diploma & up to 2 yrs. college credit

  • At-risk students & others

  • Classes on high school and/or college campus

  • Early College H.S. could be themed

  • Grades 9-13

Early and Middle College High Schools

  • H.S. students may take college-level AP courses offered by district or online

  • Counted toward graduation & MMC requirements

  • High scores (3-5) on AP exam earns college credit

  • AP Fee Reduction Programavailable

International Baccalaureate

  • Internationally recognized, rigorous H.S. curriculum

  • Credit accepted by virtually all major postsecondary institutions

  • Schools follow international IB standards

  • Exams at end of courses

  • College & H.S. credit earned

  • Currently five in Michigan

Personal Curriculum

  • The legislative intent of a Personal Curriculum is to increase the rigor and relevance of the educational experience and provide a tool to help all students succeed with the MMC.

Adding additional math, English, science or language

  • After all elective options have been exhausted, students may substitute:

    • Up to 1 credit of Visual, Performing and Applied Arts credit.

    • The 3rd social studies credit, excluding Civics.

Adding additional math, English, science or language

  • A student may substitute:

    • ½ credit of Physical Education (Consideration: A previous law remains in effect requiring students who are physically fit and capable to take a physical education course.)

      (Note: Extracurricular athletics or other extracurricular activities involving physical activity as Marching Band may be used as credit.)

Adding additional math, English, science or language

  • A student may substitute:

    • ½ credit of Health (however students are still required to have STD and HIV instruction.)

Personal Curriculum Scenario

  • Tim’s parents would like to request a Personal Curriculum to exempt their son from the health and physical education requirement so that he can take additional upper level math courses during his high school career because he is interested in going into engineering, which is consistent with his EDP. Tim is currently a 9th grade student. Tim participates on the JV Basketball team and plans to be on the baseball team in the spring. While in 8th grade, Tim took Algebra I and completed the course with a C+. His grade was based on the following combination of scores: tests – 75%, homework – 90%, class participation – 70% = average of 72% or a C-.

Personal Curriculum Scenario Cont…..

  • Does this student qualify for a Personal Curriculum? Why or why not?

  • If she qualifies, what in the Michigan Merit Curriculum could be modified?

  • What modifications can be recommended in the Personal Curriculum

Contact Information

  • Deborah Clemmons [email protected]

    Supervisor for Curriculum and Literacy

    517-241-2479 – MDE OSI

  • Matt Korolden [email protected]

    Co-director, Secondary Redesign and Transition

    517-241-3509 – MDE OSE/EIS

Thank You

  • The following slides are the State Board of Education Recommendations for college credit earning opportunities and are provided for information only.

State Board of Education Recommendations

For College Credit Earning Opportunities, Adopted June 2006

State Board of Education Recommendations

Adopted in June 2006

  • High School Reform

  • Expanding College Credit Earning Opportunities

College Credit Earning Opportunities: Eight Categories of Recommendations

  • College Credit Expansion (3)

  • Student Access and Eligibility (4)

  • Student Support (3)

  • Professional Development (1)

8 Categories of Recommendations

  • Credit Transfer & Communication (3)

  • Communication (2)

  • Procedures and Administration (2)

  • Data Collection and Analysis (1)

Recommendations-College Credit Expansion

1.1 Recommendation: All High Schools in the State of Michigan establish college credit opportunities

  • 2007-2008: 2 college credit opportunities

Recommendations-College Credit Expansion

  • 2008-2009: 4 college credit opportunities

  • “Education YES” report card

Recommendations-College Credit Expansion

1.2 Recommendation: Establish at least six new Early College High Schools & six new Middle College High Schools in strategic locations by 2010

II. Recommendations – Student Access and Eligibility

2.1 Recommendation:

Eliminate all restrictive eligibility criteria

II. Recommendations – Student Access and Eligibility

2.2 Recommendation: Allow students to take dual enrollment courses in ELA, mathematics, science, social science, career and technical education, world languages.

III. Recommendations – Student Support

3.1 Recommendation: All students, beginning in the sixth grade, should have access to early student preparation for college credit opportunities.

III. Recommendations – Student Support

3.2 Recommendation:Districts are encouraged to make funds available for all sophomore status students to take PSAT/NQMT or the PLAN examinations.

III. Recommendations – Student Support

3.3 Recommendation: Encourage communication between high schools and colleges, regarding the academic performance of dual enrollment students.

V. Recommendations—Credit Transfer and Communication

5.2 Recommendation: Students should be made aware, which college credits earned through dual enrollment may or may not transfer to Michigan Institutions.

V. Recommendations—Credit Transfer and Communication

5.3 Recommendation:The Michigan Department of Education shall publicize the MACRAO (Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers) website. www.macrao.org

VI. Recommendations—Communication

6.1 Recommendation:

The Department of Education shall produce an informational brochure that outlines available college credit opportunities at colleges and universities in Michigan.

VI. Recommendations—Communication

6.2 Recommendation: The Department of Education shall develop a comprehensive communications plan.

  • Brochures

  • Websites

  • Public Service announcements

  • Implementation Toolkits

  • Videos

  • Information Sessions

VII. Recommendations—Procedures and Administration

7.1Recommendation: Requires all school districts to provide information about available college

credit opportunities.

VIII. Recommendations—Data Collection and Analysis

8.1 Recommendation:

Center for Educational Performance Information (CEPI) will collect data to determine:

  • Is the legislation increasing dual enrollment participation?

  • Are dual enrollment participants more successful?

Find Information on Web

MACRAO: Michigan Association of College Registrars & Admission Officers


“Listing of AP Policies for Michigan Colleges & Universities”


Resources from College Board

(College Readiness Standards)


AP Report to the Nation


International Baccalaureate Organization


Find Information on Web

“Students Speak Out” video


Middle College National Consortium


Early College High School Initiative


Washtenaw Technical Middle College



Mott Middle College High School


Find Information on Web

Middle College High School Grant Info



Understanding University Success


Resources from High Schools That Work

(including Making Middle Schools Work)


National Center for Education Statistics


Education Watch Michigan: Key Education Facts and Figures


Contact Information

Sam Sinicropi, Consultant

Michigan Department of Education

Phone:(517) 241-1162

Fax: (517) 335-2886

E-mail: [email protected]


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