[Curriculum Directors] Social Studies and General Financial Literacy Changes

Rieben, Cheri Cheri.Rieben at schools.utah.gov
Thu Feb 12 08:56:23 MST 2015

High School Graduation Changes Effective For Incoming Freshmen, the Graduating Class of 2019

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has approved the addition of .5 units of social studies to the high school graduation requirements for incoming freshmen.  The graduating class of 2019 will be required to complete at least 3.0 units of social studies course work.  The existing minimum course requirements have not changed.  Local education agencies (LEA's) may use their discretion regarding the additional .5 unit that is now required.  They may add an additional half-year to existing half-year course requirements, or provide an additional elective course to meet the graduation requirement.

In further action, the USBE decreed that General Financial Literacy is an independent course, not affiliated with any particular area.  Therefore, General Financial Literacy, while still remaining as a graduation requirement, does not fulfill social studies graduation requirements.

Robert Austin
K-12 Social Studies, International Initiatives, Professional Development
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
801-538-7575   Fax: 801-538-7973
Robert.austin at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Robert.austin at schools.utah.gov>
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