Nevada students may soon face added math, science requirements

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 10:59:02 AM. State plans to revise formula for graduation for high school freshmen starting next fall, possibly adding math, science and social science credits. Critics say that would penalize some students by …
Nevada may soon join a handful of states that require students to pass four credits of math to graduate high school, a move critics say would limit student choice. “I really strongly disagree that four years of math are required for students to be college and career ready,” Jesse Welsh, an assistant superintendent in the Clark County School District, testified at a state education workshop last month. “This is coming from a former math teacher.” The state is planning to revamp graduation requirements for students in the class of 2022, who will be high school freshman in the fall of 2018. At the moment, the plan includes adding one credit apiece of math, science and social studies to current requirements. At a workshop in October, local school officials were expecting State Superintendent Steve Canavero to solicit comments on a plan that would include one additional science or one additional math credit — not both — to the graduation requirements. Instead, the plan presented included an additional math and an additional science credit at the request of the state board’s High School Graduation Committee, chaired by state Board of Education member Mark Newburn. “I have been working on raising the requirements for the standard diploma for several years,” he said. “Research from NSHE (the Nevada System of Higher Education) indicates that the total math and science credits a student takes in high school is a strong predictor of initial success in college.” No decision has been made...Read more
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