Education board approves graduation requirement changes
The Board of Education unanimously approved several changes to the school district’s Performance Graduation Requirements policy (P-6146) during its Feb. 25 meeting.
Assistant Superintendent Charles Smith said the changes are “technical” as a result of the Connecticut Board of Education’s October decision to replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test taken by high school juniors with the SAT.
For example, instead of being notified of students’ SBAC test results, teachers and counselors will now be notified of students’ in-school SAT results upon their receipt at school.
The policy revision has changed one of the six writing performance criteria students of the 2016 class must meet in order to graduate — the ACT writing score, which now requires a student to score 19 or above rather than 7 or above.
Students of the 2017 class must satisfactorily complete one of the following requirements in the following three academic areas:
- Reading: Participate in the Evidence-based Reading and Writing sections of the SAT during the school day; or earn an ACT Reading score of 20 or above; or earn a Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP Reading score of 226 or above (for seniors only).
- Writing: Participate in the Evidence-based Reading and Writing sections of the Connecticut SAT during the school day; or earn an ACT Writing score of 19 or above; or earn an NWEA MAP Language Use score of 225 or above (for seniors only).
- Mathematics: Participate in the Mathematics section of the SAT during the school day; or earn an ACT Mathematics score of 20 or above; or successfully complete a fourth year of mathematics and an NWEA MAP Mathematics score of 244 or above (for seniors only).
Instead of grade eight CMT scores, the grade eight SBAC and/or NWEA MAP scores of students entering ninth grade will now determine whether they are recommended for classes that provide skill instruction and support.
Teachers in subject areas with performance requirements will be provided with a list of seniors — instead of juniors — who have not yet met a performance requirement in the teacher’s subject area.
The school counseling department at Wilton High School will take over what was once the guidance department’s responsibility of providing:
- Written notification at the beginning of the school year to seniors and their families of their status relative to meeting the performance standards for graduation.
- Written notification to seniors and their families who have not yet met performance graduation requirements.
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