[CCGP Info] FW: Update on Graduation requirements for English

Tsosie-Jensen, Lillian Lillian.Tsosie-Jensen at schools.utah.gov
Wed Jun 3 13:30:52 MDT 2015

From: On Behalf Of Suddreth, Diana
Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 9:05 AM
Subject: [Curriculum Directors] Update on Graduation requirements for English

The concurrent departments Utah institutions of higher education, along with the USOE concurrent and English specialists have aligned the concurrent English courses with the 11th-12th grade ELA standards. According to Board Rule concurrent classes may be taken in both 11th and 12th grade.  This means that either English 11 or any English concurrent course can be taken for graduation credit in 11th grade. As a result the following courses in Language Arts meet the criteria for graduation requirements:

Language Arts - Three courses from the Foundations plus one CREDIT from the Applied and Advanced list

Foundation Courses

English 9

English 10

English 11

*Concurrent Enrollment Courses

*International Baccalaureate Classes

*AP Literature and Composition AP *Language and Composition

Applied and Advanced Courses

Twelfth Grade Language Arts

Basic Writing Skills

Basic Reading Skills Business Communication College Prep Language Arts Creative Writing 1 and 2 Debate

Humanities Journalism 1 and 2 Literature

Literary Magazine Technical & Professional Communication

World Languages 3, 4, or AP

Language Arts Note: *Can also be used for the one credit in Applied and Advanced.

Applied, advanced and supplemental courses may be added to the appropriate list using the following procedure and criteria.
Language Arts

Determined by the local school board and approved by USOE, using the following criteria.

(i)              courses are within the field/discipline of language arts with a significant portion of instruction aligned to language arts content, principles, knowledge, and skills; and

(ii)            courses provide instruction that leads to student understanding of the nature and disposition of language arts; and

(iii)   courses apply the fundamental concepts and skills of language arts; and

(iv)   courses provide developmentally appropriate content; and

(v)   courses develop skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presentation.
This information is also reflected on the graduation page on the USOE website and has been shared with LEA Literacy Directors.

If you have any questions, please contact Christelle Estrada, ELA Specialist, or Moya Kessig, Concurrent Enrollment Specialist.

Diana Suddreth, Director of Teaching and Learning
Utah State Office of Education
President, Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics
250 E. 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov<mailto:diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov>

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