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Course Requirements vs. Credits. What does that mean to LHS?. Credit System Towards Graduation:. Carnegie Unit, Credit Hour, Student Hour are synonymous. Based on collegiate attainment and high schools adopted the same practices.

Course Requirements vs. Credits

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## Course Requirements vs.Credits

What does that mean to LHS?

• Carnegie Unit, Credit Hour, Student Hour are synonymous.

• Based on collegiate attainment and high schools adopted the same practices.

• Colleges vary their course units based on the number of hours the course meets per week(3 units, 4 units, 5 units)

• On a certain date, everyone with a D- to an A+ receives full credit.

### High School Credit System Towards Graduation:

• In high schools, the mathematical formula for how credit is attained has changed numerous times over the last 100 years.

• In high schools, the tradition has evolved that each course is five credits because the class meets five days a week.

• Five credits are issued at the conclusion of the semester if the learner has earned a D- or better.

### Mathematical Formulas for Credit Hours / Carnegie Units:

• WASC 50 years ago = 170 min. x 24 weeks

• WASC now =240 min x 36 weeks

• LHS / LUSD =300 min x 36 weeks

• Trimesters, block schedules, 6 period, and 7 period days all change the formulas but still equate 5 credit hours / Carnegie units.

### Requirements for Entrance to Post-Secondary Education:

• Courses completed are evaluated, not the number of credits.

• A-G requirements focus on courses, not the credits.

• Vocational certifications require certain CTE courses, not credits.

• All post-secondary institutions want assurances that the course knowledge was learned, and learned at a high level.

### Course Requirement System for Graduation

• All learners meet the same expectations on specific academic standards.

• Learners progress individually by demonstrating, in a number of ways and at a self-defined pace, that they have reached high levels of academic performance (rigor); which matches our Learning Vision.

• Increased rigor is based on proficiency requirements that must be met to complete the course to receive credit.

### Time vs. Performance

Time

Performance

(Lindsay)

Proficiency or better

Content knowledge

Credits earned based on knowledge

Courses / knowledge required (level 3 or higher for credit); not hours

Learning determines placement

• Seat time

• Credits based on time

• A+ and D- = same credit

• Age determines placement

### Reflections and Next Steps:

• What is more rigorous: Moving 1000 kids to D- or a 1000 learners to proficiency?

• How do we want to spend our time?

• If colleges care about course completion and we care about learning to proficiency, then we may need to adjust Board policies regarding graduation requirements.