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Mabton adopts new graduation requirements

MABTON - Starting with the class of 2014, there are new graduation requirements in place for Mabton High School students.

In action last night, Monday, the Mabton School Board adopted the requirements, all of which meet the minimum requirements for entry into four-year colleges and universities.

For example, while Washington state requires a minimum of three English credits, Mabton will require four to meet university acceptance requirements.

Likewise, Mabton schools will require two world language credits for graduation to align with university standards. Washington state has no world language graduation requirement.

Mabton will also require two credits for science, three credits for social studies, one credit for visual or performing arts, two-and-a-half credits for health and fitness, two-and-a-half credits in occupational education career concentration, as well as two credits for electives.

The updated requirements mean that Mabton students will need to complete at least 22 instead of 24 credits for high school graduation, as is the case now. The two-credit reduction is in electives, which currently requires four credits for graduation.

At 22 credits, Mabton will still be above the minimum state requirement of 20 credits needed for high school graduation.

In approving the updated graduation requirements last night, the board also implemented changes to start with the class of 2016. Those requirements include that of the three social studies credits, at least half a credit must include a study of the U.S. and Washington constitutions to comply with state standards.

Also with the class of 2016 an additional science credit will be needed, but there will be half a credit less each for health and fitness and occupational education career concentration coursework.

The updates adopted last night also provide help for prospective graduates in granting credit for work experience, credit based on competence testing in lieu of enrollment and credit for middle school coursework which exceeded the requirements for seventh or eighth grade.

The newly approved graduation measures also:

- Note that special education students may earn a certificate of attendance in lieu of the certificate of academic achievement;

- Develops student learning plans for those who are not successful on one or more elements of state testing assessments;

- Establishes a process for completing the high school and beyond plan.

Because of the holiday break, the final regular Mabton School Board meeting for 2012 will be on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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