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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">This is from Mary Shumway, State CTAE Director, and is to give you an idea as per the discussion that is taking place.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">Rachel<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">From:</span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> Shumway, Mary
<br>
<b>Sent:</b> Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:12 AM<br>
<b>Subject:</b> Update on Ideas About Graduation Requirements<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">CTE Directors, Teachers and Counselors:<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The purpose of this email is to clarify questions about various ideas and proposals to change graduation requirements.&nbsp;
<u>No</u> decisions have been made about these proposals.&nbsp; Current graduation requirements are in effect.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Over this past year, three separate taskforces met and discussed separate topics related to graduation requirements. &nbsp;Each taskforce has developed recommendations. These three recommendations will now be taken to a joint committee for additional
 work, discussion and input from the field.&nbsp; The State Board will then review.&nbsp; Below are PROPOSED recommendations from these taskforces.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>Taskforce:&nbsp; <i>Computer Technology</i><o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">This taskforce recommends-<o:p></o:p></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>keyboarding in the elementary schools <o:p></o:p></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>implementing an 8<sup>th</sup> grade required course, similar to the current computer tech high school requirement
<o:p></o:p></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>maintaining a .5 &nbsp;technology requirement in the high school<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">(This proposal will require additional resources in the elementary schools and in the 8<sup>th</sup> grade.&nbsp;&nbsp; There have been concerns expressed that this 8<sup>th</sup> grade requirement would reduce other elective opportunities for 8<sup>th</sup>
 graders. &nbsp;These recommendations could impact FTE of business teachers in the middle/junior high level and high school.&nbsp; Input is being taken and considered.)<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>Taskforce: <i>General Financial Literacy</i><o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">This taskforce recommends-<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo4"><![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>maintaining the General Financial Literacy .5 credit course as a requirement for graduation<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo4"><![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>providing additional curriculum resources and professional development<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo4"><![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>developing and on-line end of level assessment<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo4"><![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>narrowing the endorsement options &nbsp;of who can teach this course<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>Taskforce:&nbsp; <i>Graduation Requirements and Grading</i><o:p></o:p></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">This taskforce looked at allowing more flexibility so that a high school students could focus in an area of interest.&nbsp; There would be specific requirements in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.&nbsp; But students could choose
 from two different &#8220;routes&#8221;.&nbsp; One would be more of the traditional route and the other would provide flexibility.&nbsp; The route with more flexibility would be driven by the student&#8217;s CCR plan/SEOP.&nbsp; The flexible route would not require specific credits in PE/Health,
 Art, or CTE.&nbsp; This proposal is difficult to summarize, so please take time to study this proposal.
<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">You will find the reports of the three taskforces at the following link.
<a href="http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/directors/January2014/Joint2_Longhurst_GraduationRequirements.pdf">
http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/directors/January2014/Joint2_Longhurst_GraduationRequirements.pdf</a><o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal">When a decision is made the Utah State Board will ensure there is enough time to implement these changes.&nbsp; Typically if there are changes to graduation requirements the changes would take effect for those who are in either 7<sup>th</sup>
 or 8<sup>th</sup> grader the year the Board votes on the changes.&nbsp; The Board realizes the timeline for registration and CCR plans/SEOPs for students.&nbsp; They also realize the impact on FTE and budgets for school districts.&nbsp; All of this will be considered in
 the timeline if any changes are made to the current requirements. <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black">Mary<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:black"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:black">Mary M. Shumway, Director<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:7.5pt;color:black">Career, Technical, and Adult Education</span><span style="color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:7.5pt;color:black">Utah State Office of Education</span><span style="color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:7.5pt;color:black">250 E 500 S&nbsp; PO Box 144200</span><span style="color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:7.5pt;color:black">Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200</span><span style="color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:7.5pt;color:black">801.538.7852</span><span style="color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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