Cortez school board debates new grad guidelines

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Cortez school board debates new grad guidelines

M-CHS backs career tracks amid concerns
Sam Green/Cortez Journal

Confetti flies as the Montezuma-Cortez High School class of 2016 celebrates their graduation.
Eight paths to graduation

Montezuma-Cortez High School administrators have proposed new graduation guidelines for this fall’s incoming students. If the school board votes to adopt them, students would choose one of eight tracks designed to prepare them for life after high school.
In addition to the current 23-credit requirement, students would need to gather items for an individualized career academic plan, or ICAP.
For each track, an interest inventory, post-secondary workforce goal and resume are required for the ICAP.
CollegeThe SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement tracks would steer students toward college. Students on those plans would need to score at least the state minimum on the tests.A concurrent enrollment track would help students prepare for a college or university by taking college courses during high school, earning both high school and college credit.Students on the community or technical college track would take the Accuplacer test, which assesses reading, writing, math and computer skills.For the five college tracks, students would need to fill out the FAFSA financial aid application and have a college acceptance letter as part of their ICAP.MilitaryStudents on a military track would prepare for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, test. They also would need an armed services acceptance letter to graduate.WorkforceThe industry track would help students earn a certificate for skills in a certain industry. Industry students’ ICAP would require an internship, work experience or experience in a career or technical education program, as well as a completed job application.An eighth track, district accommodation, would allow district leaders to make exceptions for students who qualify, including students who are English learners, gifted, or have disabilities or intervention plans. A team of district leaders would vote on whether exceptions for those students are appropriate.

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New graduation requirements start this fall in Cortez

Cortez school board debates new grad guidelines

Sam Green/Cortez Journal

Confetti flies as the Montezuma-Cortez High School class of 2016 celebrates their graduation.
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