High School Promotion and Graduation Requirements

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    Subject Area

    Entered 9th Grade 8/2011 or after

    English1

    4 credits

    Mathematics2
    Algebra I
    Geometry
    Algebra II
    Additional Math Credit3

    4 credits

    Science
    Biology
    2nd Lab Science
    3rd Lab Science

    3 credits

    Social Studies
    U.S. History
    American Government
    Modern World History

    3 credits

    Tech. Ed.

    1 credit

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    ½ credit

    Health4

    ½ credit

    Other
    World Languages5
    or
    Advanced Tech. Ed.
    or
    State Approved CTE Program

    2 credits (same language)
    or
    2 credits (Advanced Tech.)
    or
    4 to 6 credits (meet CTE Program requirements)

    Electives
    Courses beyond the above requirements

    2 credits

    Total credits (minimum)

    21 credits

    Service Learning

    75 hours

    Note: This chart is aligned with IKED-RA dated 6/28/2011 which replaces all other regulations.
    Any school may add requirements for completion of additional, special or traditional curriculum programs as well as additional, special, or traditional diploma certificates to be given at the graduation ceremony.

    1. English I and English II must be taken sequentially. Students must complete English I prior to enrolling in English II and complete English II prior to enrolling in English III and/or English IV.
    2. Algebra I and Algebra II must be taken sequentially. Students must complete Algebra I prior to enrolling in Algebra II.
    3. Students entering 9th grade in 8/2015 or after, a student must enroll in a mathematics course in each year of high school that the student attends (up to 4 years).
    4. Students entering 9th grade in 8/2015 or after, CPR training must be completed by all students. Mandatory CPR training is embedded in to the current Health Education I curriculum.
    5. World language courses must be taken sequentially. Ex. Students must complete Spanish I before taking Spanish II.
    6. Students entering 9th grade in 9/2017 or after, a student must take the following sequence in science: Biology (9th), Chemistry (10th), and Physics (11th).

    Promotion Requirements


    Grade 9 to 10

    To be promoted to grade 10, students must have earned at least 5 credits, including English I, ESOL English I, or Algebra I.

    Grade 10 to 11

    To be promoted to grade 11, students must have earned at least 10 credits in total, including 3 credits in English I, Algebra I, English II, and Geometry, and 1 credit in social studies and science.

    Grade 11 to 12

    To be promoted to grade 12, students must have earned at least 15 credits in total, including 5 credits in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, and 3 credits in science and social studies (at least one in each).



    High School Assessment Requirements for Graduation

    Biology
    Regardless of when the student completed the course, he/she must have taken and passed the course and met one of the following requirements:

    • passed the Biology HSA
    • completed Biology Bridge Validation
    • met combined score*
    • participated in the Biology HSA in SY2017-2018

    Government
    For students entering Ninth Grade in SY2013-2014 or beyond, he/she must have taken and passed the course and met one of the following requirements:

    • passed the Government HSA
    • completed Government Bridge Validation
    • met combined score*

    For students entering Ninth Grade in SY2012-2013, he/she must have taken and passed the course and met the following requirement:

    • participated in the Government HSA

    For students entering Ninth Grade in SY2011-2012 or prior, he/she must have taken and passed the course. There is no assessment requirement.

    Algebra

    The assessment graduation requirement for Algebra is determined by when the student first took the Algebra I (or equivalent) course:
    • If the student took the course prior to SY 2016-2017, he/she must have participated in the assessment aligned to the course
      • if the student participated, but did not achieve an appropriate cut score, that student is exempt from completing a Bridge Plan, but may choose to use the Algebra/Data-Analysis HSA score as a combined score option
    • If the student took the course for the first time in SY 2016-2017, he/she is required to pass the course AND pass either the PARCC, the PARCC re-test, or the Bridge Plan

    *Exception are made for students who will graduate in SY2016-2017 or SY2017-2018, and are first-time test takers SY2016-2017 or SY2017-2018. These students are exempt from the requirement to reach a passing score or complete a Bridge project. Participation in the assessment satisfies the graduation requirement.

    English
    The assessment graduation requirement for English is determined by when the student took the English II (or equivalent) course:

    • If the student took the course prior to SY 2016-2017, he/she must have participated in the assessment aligned to the course
      • if the student participated, but did not achieve an appropriate cut score, that student is exempt from completing a Bridge Plan, but may choose to use the English 10 HSA score as a combined score option
    • If the student took the course for the first time in SY 2016-2017, he/she is required to pass the course AND pass either the PARCC, the PARCC re-test, or the Bridge Plan

    *Exception are made for students who will graduate in SY2016-2017 or SY2017-2018, and are first-time test takers SY2016-2017 or SY2017-2018. These students are exempt from the requirement to reach a passing score or complete a Bridge project. Participation in the assessment satisfies the graduation requirement.

    *Combined Score Options
    In addition to meeting the MSDE Biology HSA graduation requirement by passing the Biology HSA or completing Biology Bridge Validation, students can meet the Biology HSA graduation requirement by meeting on of the following combined score options:

    • Add Biology HSA and Algebra HSA for a combined 812
    • Add Biology HSA and Government HSA for a combined 794
    • Add Biology HSA, Algebra HSA, and Government HSA for a combined 1206

    In addition to meeting the MSDE Government HSA graduation requirement by passing the Government HSA or completing Government Bridge Validation, students can meet the Government HSA graduation requirement by meeting on of the following combined score options:

    • Add Government HSA and Algebra HSA for a combined 806
    • Add Government HSA and Biology HSA for a combined 794
    • Add Government HSA, Algebra HSA, and Biology HSA for a combined 1206

    For students entering their fifth year of high school (who entered 9th Grade 2013-2014), the following combined scores will also be used for the purposes of meeting graduation requirements:

    • Add Biology HSA and English HSA for a combined 796
    • Add Biology HSA, Algebra HSA, and English HSA for a combined 1208
    • Add Biology HSA, English HSA, and Government HSA for a combined 1190
    • Add Government HSA and English HSA for a combined 790
    • Add Government HSA, Algebra HSA, and English HSA for a combined 1202

     

    *According to COMAR 13A.03.02, each student who failed a Maryland High School Assessment once may participate in the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation and shall be provided at least one opportunity to retake the appropriate assessment in accordance with the testing schedule issued by the Department.

    College and Career Readiness Requirements

    Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, in order to be determined college and career ready upon graduation from high school all students must be assessed by the end of eleventh grade to determine readiness for college-level coursework in English Language Arts and mathematics.

    College and Career Readiness is determined separately for ELA and mathematics, using any one of the assessments and score requirements outlined in the table below.

    Assessment

    Assessment Details

    Score Requirement

    ELA

    PARCC

    English 10
    or
    English 11

    Overall level of 4 or 5

    SAT

    Evidence-based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section

    Score of 500 or greater

    ACT

    Composite/average of English test & reading test scores

    Score of 21 or greater

    AP

    English Language & Composition
    or
    English Literature & Composition

    Exam score of 3, 4, or 5

    IB

    Lang. A: Lit. SL or HL exam
    or
    Lang. A: Lang. & Lit. SL or HL exam

    Grade 4 or above on one or more

    Math

    PARCC

    Algebra II

    Overall level of 4 or 5

    SAT

    Mathematics section

    Score of 500 or greater

    ACT

    Mathematics test

    Score of 21 or greater

    AP

    AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, or AP Computer Science exam

    Exam score of 3, 4, or 5

    IB

    Math Studies, Math SL, Math HL, or Further Math exam

    Grade 4 or above on one or more

    Students who are not deemed college and career ready by one of the score requirements outlined above must complete the relevant transition course(s), College Readiness – Math* and/or College Readiness – Literacy, in their twelfth grade year.

    *Alternatively, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, or AP Calculus BC can be taken in a student’s twelfth grade year to meet the mathematics college and career readiness requirement. The relevant AP exam must be taken upon completion of one of these courses.

    Dual Enrollment Option


    Alternatively, admission to and enrollment in a Maryland institution of higher education’s appropriate ELA and/or math college credit-bearing course can be used to determine college and career readiness.