Michigan’s High School Graduation Requirements. Guide for Parents August 2010 5 th Edition. “When we hold our kids to higher standards, they will do great things. … If Michigan is to compete in a global economy, we must have the best
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Guide for Parents
“When we hold our kids to higher standards, they will do great things. … If Michigan is to compete
in a global economy, we must have the best
educated workforce in the nation to attract jobs
and investment to our state. This new challenging curriculum will help ensure that every student in Michigan is prepared for college or technical training when they finish high school.”
State of Michigan Governor
Jennifer M. Granholm
“Michigan has long been regarded as a national leader in education and we want to remain as the state that others in the nation and the world look to as the model for educational excellence and innovation. I firmly believe that the adoption and implementation of these recommendations … will set Michigan on the road to reclaim its prominence as a world leader in education.”
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Michael P. Flanagan
“ education and we want to remain as the state that others in the nation and the world look to as the model for educational excellence and innovation. I firmly believe that the adoption and implementation of these recommendations … will set Michigan on the road to reclaim its prominence as a world leader in education.”This change is absolutely necessary. With
the evolving economy and global pressures
on what education and skills students will
need for the jobs of today and tomorrow,
we needed to act now.”
State Board of Education President
Kathleen N. Straus
What you need to know about…
Michigan’s High School Graduation Requirements
Additional information is provided on:
The graduation requirements are called the Michigan Merit Curriculum.
The State of Michigan has now set the number of credits in each subject area, and, in many cases, specified the specific courses that must be taken in English, mathematics, science, social studies, health/physical education, the arts (visual, performing, and applied), and world languages. An online learning experience is also required.
Michigan Department of Education High School Graduation Requirements Chart
(MCL 380.1502, Sec. 1502 (1) Health and physical education for pupils of both sexes shall be established and provided in all public schools of this state. Subject to subsection (2), each pupil attending public school in this state who is physically fit and capable of doing so shall take the course in physical education.)
Begins with Class of 2016
● Credits earned in grades 9 – 12
● An equivalent learning experience in grades K – 12
● Credit guidelines have been developed by the Michigan Department of Education
●Defined as “a structured learning activity that utilizes technology with intranet/internet-based tools and resources as the delivery method for instruction, research, assessment and communication.”
● Some CTE courses may be taught in a manner that will allow credit to be granted for both CTE and the specified content area.
● Eligible students may be able to participate in a co-op, internship or externship experience.
● CTE courses are electives and are generally taken in a specific sequence.
● Graduation requirements taken in the 8th grade will allow more opportunity for CTE classes/electives during the high school experience.
● Includes discussions about Career Pathways
● Documents an ongoing process in which the student identifies both career goals and a plan of action on how to achieve them
● Initiated in seventh grade and on file before student enters high school
● Periodically revised throughout high school to reflect the student’s career interests and options
● A student is considered to have completed a credit if the student successfully completes the HSCE or guidelines developed by the MDE.
● A student will be given graduation credit for a requirement that is successfully completed prior to high school, as long as it is of the same level of content and rigor associated with the corresponding high school required course.
● If a student fails a required course for graduation, no credit is granted and the class must be made up.
A personal curriculum must incorporate as much of the high school content expectations as is practicable for the pupil and is consistent with the pupil’s educational development plan (EDP) and IEP.
Personal Curriculum (PC): (continued)
The use of a PC modification is allowed by state statute
for only four reasons: