Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Opportunity to Offer Students a Wider Range of Courses

Teachers and Administrators:

California schools offering instruction in any of grades nine to twelve, inclusive, can now give students an option to enroll in a Career Technical Education (CTE) course as an alternative to the graduation requirement in visual or performing arts or foreign language beginning with the 2012–13 school year (class of 2013).

Under previous California law, all pupils receiving a diploma of graduation from high school must complete one course in visual or performing arts or foreign language. Teachers, who wish to teach a course not currently offered, can advocate for the CTE course by calling a meeting with your site administrator and counselors to let them know about the job opportunities for students and the need for all students to learn why computer savvy students will have an advantage in meeting their career and college goals.

If authorized by the local governing board, this new option could give opportunity for all students to elect to take an introductory computer course that has a CTE focus, like Exploring Computer Science, and satisfy a graduation requirement. Because students elect the course, it can also qualify for Perkins IV funding.

For more information on high school graduation requirements, visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs/hsgrmin.asp.

Gary Page, Information Technology Consultant

Career Tech Ed Leadership & Instructional Support Office
1430 N Street, Suite 4503
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0499 Phone

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