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By Allison Jarrell
After holding three board workshops to discuss revised high school graduation requirements, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees held the first public hearing of the new requirements on April 27.
The last time the district’s high school graduation requirements were revised was in February 2009. Major proposed changes include the removal of the California High School Exit Exam, which is no longer required or offered by the district; an increase in math requirement from 20 to 30 credits starting with the class of 2020; the removal of reading skills development classes, which are no longer offered; and additional flexibility for College and Career Planning (CCP) and health classes, so that students may take both courses over the summer through various district-approved providers and/or accredited institutions.
The majority of trustees voiced concerns with the first draft of the policy, including the staff recommendation that students need a GPA of 3.75 or higher to opt out of CCP, which would be implemented in fall 2016. Trustee John Alpay suggested that rather than penalizing students for their grades throughout middle school, it would be best to look at only their eighth grade GPAs.
No board actions were taken, as the item was only a first reading. Vital said staff will bring back edits and options for moving forward with the new policy at a future meeting.