In addition to the credit requirements, students must demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills of reading, mathematics, and writing, to receive a high school diploma. The Essential Skills are versatile skills that students can use in a variety of academic and work-related tasks.
Beginning in the spring of 2015, juniors will be assessed on their literacy skills in reading, writing and math skills using the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Smarter Balanced assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions and will include open-ended, short answer and essay questions, as well as performance tasks that allow students to complete an in-depth project that demonstrates analytical skills and real-world problem solving.
Essential Skills requirements may be met through:
- Smarter Balanced Assessments: English and Math (Juniors Only; REQUIRED)
- Samples of student work scored by trained teachers; or,
- Additional national standardized assessments (such as PLAN, ACT or SAT).