A task force charged with examining high school graduation requirements in Kansas and recommending changes will report Tuesday to the State Board of Education.
The Graduation Requirements Task Force has been working since June to identify courses to add or delete, review ways to demonstrate mastery of skills, and study value-added assets, such as industry-recognized certificates and college credits, in addition to a high school diploma.
During the presentation to the State Board, task force members will cover the mastery of skills, competencies and value assets recommendations. Course requirements will be discussed at a future board meeting as the task force is still in the process of analyzing survey results and public feedback.
Currently, the state requires that a high school student have a minimum of 21 credits to graduate, although every school district in Kansas requires more than the minimum number.
The 21-credit minimum must include four units of English, three units of history and government, three units of math, three units of science, one unit of physical education, one unit of fine arts and six units of electives.
Recently, the Kansas Board of Regents recommended the task force consider increasing the number of math units to four, that high school students take a computer science course and that completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be required for high school graduation. Regents members have said that Kansas needs to do a better job of educating students on higher education opportunities and available financial support.
The task force is made up of State Board members, business leaders, curriculum directors, high school principals, counselors, teachers, KSHSAA, local boards of education and superintendents. Jim McNiece, a State Board member from Wichita, chairs the task force, and Mark Tallman, associate director of advocacy for KASB, serves on it.
is a link to the work of the task force.
Below are links to a two-part series by KASB on high school graduation requirements.
Part 1: How high school graduation requirements developed
Part 2: What should a high school diploma mean?
The State Board’s agenda and backup materials are
. To view the State Board meeting online, go to this