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    High School Re-visioning
    Posted on 04/19/2018
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    High School Re-visioning Overview and the Plan for 9th and 10th Graders in 2018-19

    Starting with the class of 2021, students in Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will need to earn 24 credits to graduate, an increase from 21. The change is necessary because the Washington State Legislature adopted state-wide career and college ready graduation requirements in RCW 28A.230.090 to begin with the graduating class of 2019, 2020 or 2021.

    Most high schools in our district currently offer 24 credits over the course of four years. Traditionally, SPS has offered students more courses than required by the state to provide flexibility for students to explore new electives or to recover missing credits. We are currently working with a variety of stakeholders to increase credit-earning opportunities for our students.

    For the 2018-19 school year, high schools will receive extra funding to support students in the class of 2022 and class of 2021 (next year’s 9th and 10th graders respectively). One of the goals is to provide students with a more engaging high school experience to explore their individual interests while meeting the state graduation requirements in a rigorous and supportive learning environment.

    The 2018-19 School Year

    School leaders and educators are taking steps to help prepare students for a successful transition to the new state requirements. Principals have worked diligently with their staff to develop robust plans that best meet the needs of their 9th and 10th graders during the 2018-19 school year.

    Schools are not planning major schedule changes to the school day, but many will offer before and after school periods to support student learning. Several schools are using some of their funding to reduce class sizes in subjects where students would benefit from more instructional attention. Schools are also using funding to enhance advisory programs. A few schools are hiring additional staff to provide more individual intervention to students. And finally, some schools will be using a portion of their funding to provide additional professional development to teachers. High schools will be sharing details of their plans in the coming months.

    In the 2018-19 school year, students and families will also begin to have access to Naviance, an online college and career readiness tool. Naviance provides a comprehensive set of resources to guide students and their teachers, counselors, and families in their planning for college and career. The tool helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life. Naviance will offer resources to assist students to research careers and college majors based on their individual interest, and help students develop their high school and beyond plans per the state graduation requirement.

    For more information, please visit our 24 Credit Graduation Requirement FAQ.