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South Dakota Graduation Requirements – Proposed

 

South Dakota High School Diploma Requirements

 

 

PROPOSED

CURRENT

Subject

Within Units Required, Must Include:

Total Units Required

 Within Units Required, Must Include:

Total Units Required

English

1 unit Writing

.5 unit Speech

1 unit Literature (including .5 unit American Literature)

4

1.5 units Writing

.5 unit Speech

1.5 units Literature (must include .5 unit American Literature)

.5 unit Language Arts elective

4

Mathematics

1 unit Algebra I

3

1 unit Algebra

1 unit Geometry~

1 unit Algebra II~

3

Science*

1 unit Biology

 

3

1 unit Any Physical Science

1 unit Biology

1 unit Chemistry or Physics~

3

Social Studies

1 unit U.S. History

.5 unit U.S. Government

3

1 unit U.S. History

.5 unit U.S. Government

.5 unit World History

.5 unit Geography

3

Fine Arts

 

1

 

1

Physical Education

 

.5

 

.5

Health/Health Integration

 

.5

 

.5

Personal Finance or Economics

 

.5

 

.5

Approved CTE –OR—

World Language –OR—

Capstone Experience

 

1

 

1

Electives

 

5.5

 

5.5

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

22

 

22

 

A student may earn one or more endorsements that are in alignment with the student’s personal learning plan. See Endorsements section.

 

 

NOTES for PROPOSED requirements:

  • * A state-approved advanced computer science course (with a list of approved courses to be provided) may be substituted for 1 unit of science (not including Biology).
  • Credit for an approved CTE course may count for core content coursework if the district applies through SD DOE’s CTE for Core Content program. See http://doe.sd.gov/octe/corecontentcredit.aspx for more information.
  • Credit for work-based learning experiences may count for core content coursework if the district applies through SD DOE’s WBL for Core Content program. (More information will be provided on this in the future).
  • Students may earn endorsements with their high school diploma if they choose. See the Endorsements section for specific endorsements.

 

NOTES for CURRENT requirements:

  • ~With school and parent/guardian approval, a student may be excused from a math and/or science course in favor of a more appropriate course. In the area of Math, a student may be excused from taking Algebra II or Geometry, but not both. The student must still take three units of Math. In the area of Lab Science, a student may be excused from the requirement to take Chemistry and/or Physics. Students must still take three units of Lab Science. A student’s parent or legal guardian and school counselor or administrator must agree to the decision, and the excuse must be documented at the local level.
  • Credit for an approved CTE course may count for core content coursework if the district applies through SD DOE’s CTE for Core Content program. See http://doe.sd.gov/octe/corecontentcredit.aspx for more information.

 

 

Endorsements

 

Within the coursework outlined under South Dakota High School Diploma Requirements, a student may earn one (or more) of three endorsements:

  • Advanced Endorsement
  • Advanced Career Endorsement
  • Advanced Honors Endorsement

Endorsements outline specific coursework completed within the general high school diploma requirements to denote particular emphases. (Substitutions noted above with an * do not apply to Advanced and Advanced Honors endorsement requirements.) Highlighted areas show the distinctions for each endorsement.

 


 Advanced Endorsement:

 

PROPOSED

 

CURRENT GRAD REQUIREMENTS

Subject

Within Units Required, Must Include:

Total Units Required

 Within Units Required, Must Include:

Total Units Required

English

1 unit Writing

.5 unit Speech

1 unit Literature (including .5 unit American Literature)

4

1.5 units Writing

.5 unit Speech

1.5 units Literature (must include .5 unit American Literature)

.5 unit Language Arts elective

4

Mathematics

1 unit Algebra I

1 unit Geometry

1 unit Algebra II

3

1 unit Algebra

1 unit Geometry~

1 unit Algebra II~

3

Science

1 unit Biology

2 units other lab sciences

3

1 unit Any Physical Science

1 unit Biology

1 unit Chemistry or Physics~

3

Social Studies

1 unit U.S. History

.5 unit U.S. Government

3

1 unit U.S. History

.5 unit U.S. Government

.5 unit World History

.5 unit Geography

3

Fine Arts

 

1

 

1

Physical Education

 

.5

 

.5

Health/Health Integration

 

.5

 

.5

Personal Finance or Economics

 

.5

 

.5

Approved CTE –OR—

World Language –OR—

Capstone Experience

 

1

 

1

Electives

 

5.5

 

5.5

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

22

 

22

 


 

Advanced Career Endorsement:

 

PRPOSED

CURRENT GRAD REQUIREMENTS

Subject

Within Units Required, Must Include:

Total Units Required

 Within Units Required, Must Include:

Total Units Required

English

1 unit Writing

.5 unit Speech

1 unit Literature (including .5 unit American Literature)

4

1.5 units Writing

.5 unit Speech

1.5 units Literature (must include .5 unit American Literature)

.5 unit Language Arts elective

4

Mathematics

1 unit Algebra I

3

1 unit Algebra

1 unit Geometry~

1 unit Algebra II~

3

Science*

1 unit Biology

 

3

1 unit Any Physical Science

1 unit Biology

1 unit Chemistry or Physics~

3

Social Studies

1 unit U.S. History

.5 unit U.S. Government

3

1 unit U.S. History

.5 unit U.S. Government

.5 unit World History

.5 unit Geography

3

Fine Arts

 

1

 

1

Physical Education

 

.5

 

.5

Health/Health Integration

 

.5

 

.5

Personal Finance or Economics

 

.5

 

.5

 

2 units of either of the following or a combination of the two:

·         Approved CTE units from the same career cluster OR

·         Capstone Experience units

AND

Attainment of an industry-recognized credential OR National Career Readiness Certificate of Silver or higher

2+

 

1

Electives

 

4.5

 

5.5

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

22

 

22

 

Advanced Honors Endorsement:

 

All high school coursework completed with a “C” or higher.

 

 

PROPOSED

CURRENT GRAD REQUIREMENTS

Subject

Within Units Required, Must Include:

Total Units Required

 Within Units Required, Must Include:

Total Units Required

English

1.5 unit Writing

.5 unit Speech

1.5 unit Literature, including .5 unit American Literature

.5 unit Language Arts elective

4

1.5 units Writing

.5 unit Speech

1.5 units Literature (must include .5 unit American Literature)

.5 unit Language Arts elective

4

Mathematics

1 unit Algebra I

1 unit Geometry

1 unit Algebra II

1 unit Advanced Mathematics (see https://sdos.sdbor.edu/require/require.html  for more information)

4

1 unit Algebra

1 unit Geometry~

1 unit Algebra II~

3

Science

1 unit Biology

1 unit Any Physical Science

1 unit Chemistry or Physics

1 unit Science electives

4

1 unit Any Physical Science

1 unit Biology

1 unit Chemistry or Physics~

3

Social Studies

1 unit U.S. History

.5 unit U.S. Government

.5 unit Geography

.5 unit World History

.5 unit Social Studies elective

3

1 unit U.S. History

.5 unit U.S. Government

.5 unit World History

.5 unit Geography

3

Fine Arts

 

1

 

1

Physical Education

 

.5

 

.5

Health/Health Integration

 

.5

 

.5

Personal Finance or Economics

 

 

 

.5

 

.5

Approved CTE –OR—

World Language

 

2 units of either of the following or a combination of the two:

·         Approved CTE courses OR

Modern or Classical Language (including U.S. Sign Language); units must be in the same language

2

 

1

Electives

 

3

 

5.5

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

22

 

22