6320.1: Students Requirements for Senior High School Graduation

Students differ widely in interests, abilities and expectations. For this reason, the following are stated as minimums to allow flexibility in the planning of individual student programs. However, on the assumption that some elements should be shared in common by educated persons, these basic uniform requirements are established for graduation from the Millard Public Schools. In addition to specified credit requirements students must successfully meet District Assessment requirements and complete a Personal Learning Plan according to District requirements. 

I. Credits: A minimum of 230 credits is required for graduation.  Each student’s program shall include, but not be limited to, the programs and courses listed below and may be amended, revised, or deleted by the Board of Education as approved and published in the Millard Public Schools High School Curriculum Handbook and Registration Guide.

English credits graphic

Social Studies Credits

Math Credits

PE Credits
Additional Credits

 


A. A grade of four (4) or better must be maintained in any course used to fulfill graduation requirements. 

B. Electives courses are offered in the subject areas previously listed and in business education, world language, family & consumer sciences, industrial technology, art, drama, debate, journalism and music. 

C. In order to provide flexibility in such situations as transfers and special needs, waivers may be submitted by staff and approved by the principal. 

D. A student must complete credits as described herein in order to graduate and receive a diploma from the Millard Public Schools. 

E. A student must complete a Personal Learning Plan, meeting district requirements. 

II. Assessments: In addition to 230 credits required for graduation, students must also successfully meet the College and Career Readiness metric for the high school Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness assessments. 

III. Effect of Student Performance 

A. When a student has successfully met the Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness metric for each outcome: 

1. A notation shall be made in the student’s cumulative record. Such information will be communicated to parent(s)/guardian(s) in writing. 
 

2. Students who meet the College and Career Readiness metric for the high school Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness assessments have met an essential criterion for graduating from the Millard Public Schools. Upon successful completion of the required number of credits and Personal Learning Plan as defined by Policy 6320 and Rule 6320.1, students shall be eligible for a graduation diploma from the Millard Public Schools. 

B. If a student has not met the College and Career Readiness metric for a given Essential Learner Outcome of College and Career Readiness, the following shall occur: 

1. The school/district will initiate a consistent and collaborative problem solving and intervention model called Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Records of problem solving and intervention strategies are required. 

2. Utilizing the MTSS problem solving process, school representatives will offer the student learning activities that address recognized Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness deficiencies. Learning activities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

a. Differentiated/complementary instruction during regular classes (i.e., peer tutoring, needs groups, individualized instruction); 

b. Before or after school tutorials; 

c. Study hall tutorials; 

d. Change of interdisciplinary teams or level of instruction; 

e. Repeat of specific course(s) of study; 

f. Assignment to and attendance at specific class(es) designed to address deficiencies; 

g. Attendance at summer school; and/or 

h. Use of specific District identified interventions designed to support student achievement. 

3. If the student is verified with a disability the IEP Team may reconvene to review the problem solving and intervention strategies and to ensure that the IEP is written to assist the student in areas of weakness and that appropriate accommodations are in place. 

4. If the student has a 504 Accommodation Plan, the 504 Team may reconvene to review the problem solving and intervention strategies and to ensure that needed accommodations are in place in areas of weakness. 

5. If the student is identified as an English Language Learner (ELL), a school team responsible for planning the student’s academic program may reconvene to review the problem solving and intervention strategies and to ensure that needed accommodations are in place in areas of weakness. 

C. Procedures for high school students 

1. If a student has not met the College and Career Readiness metric for a given Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness as measured by the ACT® Assessment, the following shall occur: 

a. The problem solving and intervention strategies will be reviewed by a qualified team and, if necessary, redesigned. Students shall be referred to Building Problem Solving Team for identification of needs if not previously referred. 

b. The building will review the student’s results of Pre-ACT® Assessment. If the student has successfully met the Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness metric measured by Pre-ACT® Assessment for each outcome, then 

(i) A notation shall be made in the student’s cumulative record. Such information will be communicated to parent(s)/guardian(s) in writing. 

(ii) Students who meet the College and Career Readiness metric for the high school Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness assessments have met an essential criterion for graduating from the Millard Public Schools. Upon successful completion of the required number of credits and Personal Learning Plan as defined by Policy 6320 and Rule 6320.1, the students shall be eligible for a graduation diploma from the Millard Public Schools. 

c. Students may submit additional ACT® results for consideration in meeting the College and Career Ready metrics from testing occasions for which they have independently registered. 

2. If after review of the student’s results of Pre-ACT® Assessment a student has not met the college and Career Readiness metric for a given Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness, the following shall occur: 

a. The problem solving and intervention strategies will be reviewed by a qualified team and, if necessary, redesigned. Students shall be referred to Building Problem Solving Team for identification of needs if not previously referred. 

b. The building will review the student’s results of Nebraska State Accountability Tests. If the student has successfully met the Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness metric measured by Nebraska State Accountability Tests for each outcome, then 

(i) A notation shall be made in the student’s cumulative record. Such information will be communicated to parent(s)/guardian(s) in writing. 

(ii) Students who meet the College and Career Readiness metric for the high school Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness assessments have met an essential criterion for graduating from the Millard Public Schools. Upon successful completion of the required number of credits and Personal Learning Plan as defined by Policy 6320 and Rule 6320.1, the students shall be eligible for a graduation diploma from the Millard Public Schools. 

3. If after review of the student’s results of Nebraska State Accountability Tests a student has not met the College and Career Readiness metric for the Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness, the following shall occur: 

a. The problem solving and intervention strategies will be reviewed by a qualified team and, if necessary, redesigned. Students shall be referred to Building Problem Solving Team for identification of needs if not previously referred. 

b. The building will review and administer locally-developed Essential Learner Outcome assessments. If the student has successfully met the Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness metric measured by locally-developed ELO assessments for each outcome, then 

(i) A notation shall be made in the student’s cumulative record. Such information will be communicated to parent(s)/guardian(s) in writing. 

(ii) Students who meet the College and Career Readiness metric for the high school Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness assessments have met an essential criterion for graduating from the Millard Public Schools. Upon successful completion of the required number of credits and Personal Learning Plan as defined by Policy 6320 and Rule 6320.1, the students shall be eligible for a graduation diploma from the Millard Public Schools. 

(iii) The student shall be retested using the appropriate Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness assessment. Students shall be given the opportunity to be retested multiple times until the requisite College and Career Readiness metric is achieved. Students shall be given notice of the opportunities for retesting. 

4. The student will be considered ineligible for a diploma from the Millard Public Schools until such time that the requisite College and Career Readiness metrics are achieved for high school Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness assessments. 

5. If the student is verified with a disability or has a 504 Accommodation Plan, then the IEP or 504 Team will reconvene to review the education plan and may consider lowering the College and Career Readiness metric requirement as part of the IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan. The student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s) shall be notified and shall also be advised of the effect of lowering the College and Career Readiness metric. 

a. Applications for approval of lowered College and Career Readiness metric requirements may be submitted by the student’s IEP or 504 Team to the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for consideration and where appropriate, approval. The Associate Superintendent of Educational Services or designee shall decide and respond to all such requests. 

b. If the lowered College and Career Readiness metric is approved, the student shall then be eligible to receive a graduation diploma with appropriate notation from the Millard Public Schools as provided in Rule 6320.1. 

D. Demonstration of Proficiency 

Additional opportunities are available to demonstrate student proficiency. 

After review of ACT® Assessment, Pre-ACT® Assessment, Nebraska State Accountability Tests, and one or more attempts on Essential Learner Outcome of College and Career Readiness locally-developed assessments without achieving the College and Career Readiness metric, students, under building supervision, shall participate in a process, as provided in the District’s Assessment Procedures, to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in reading, writing, or math. A student who successfully meets the standards and requirements of a Demonstration of Proficiency shall have met one of the essential criteria for graduating from the Millard Public Schools. Mechanisms by which students may demonstrate proficiency include: 

1. Performance portfolios comprised of District developed course assessment scores for reading, writing, and math. 

2. Approved Advanced Placement course grades of a “C” or higher or an approved AP exam score of a 2 or higher for an AP English course as evidence of Reading and Writing competency, or grades of a “C” or higher or an AP exam score of a 2 or higher for an AP mathematics exam. All AP courses and exams used for this purpose shall have been provided by and/or taken while enrolled in an accredited institution. 

3. Approved dual enrollment transferrable course grades as evidence of Reading, Writing, or Mathematics competencies e.g. the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Developmental Math Course. 

4. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) RIT score in high school Reading or Mathematics comparable to near College and Career Ready ACT score. 

IV. Student’s Right to Appeal 

A. Students who have not achieved the necessary high school College and Career Readiness metrics as approved by the Millard Board of Education may appeal the denial of a diploma. 

B. A student may appeal the denial of a diploma only on the grounds that the student’s failure to achieve the required cut score is due to: 

1. The failure of the District to provide a reasonable accommodation, which was previously requested by the student and denied by the District. 

2. The failure of the District to provide an alternate assessment or approve a demonstration of proficiency, which had been previously requested by the student and denied by the District. 

V. Procedures for Appeal 

A. Within seven (7) days after the receipt of the notice that the student failed to achieve the cut score or credits required for graduation from the Millard Public Schools, a written notice of appeal shall be served upon the Superintendent of the Millard Public Schools or his/her designee. Such appeal shall set forth all of the reasons for the appeal as provided herein and shall set forth the relief sought by the student, parent(s) or guardian(s). Such notice of appeal may also include any additional information, which is relevant to the appeal. 

B. Within seven (7) days after the receipt of the written notice of appeal and any supporting information relevant to the appeal, the Superintendent or designee shall consider and render a decision on the appeal based on whether the decision of the District was unreasonable. Such decision shall then be forwarded to the student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s) advising the student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s) of the basis for the Superintendent’s or designee’s decision and the reasons therefore. 

C. Within seven (7) days after the receipt of the written notification from the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee, a written request may be made by the student, parent(s), or guardian(s) to the secretary of the Millard Board of Education or the Superintendent for a hearing before the Millard Board of Education or committee of the Board consisting of not less than two (2) or more than three (3) members to be held on the issue whether the decision of the Superintendent or his designee was unreasonable. 

D. Such hearing shall be held before the Millard Board of Education or committee within thirty (30) days of the date the request for hearing was received. If a hearing request before the Millard Board of Education is not received in a timely manner, the decision of the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee shall be final. 

E. The student, parent(s) and/or guardian(s) shall be advised at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the hearing before the Board and such notification shall set forth the date, time, and place for the hearing before the Millard Board of Education or committee. 

F. The parties may, by mutual written agreement, extend the time for hearing or final determination. 

G. The student, parent(s), and/or guardian(s) shall have the right to be represented by legal counsel and shall have the opportunity to present such evidence that is material to the issue or issues stated in the appeal. 

H. The hearing shall be conducted in closed session and in accordance with the student privacy laws unless the student, parent(s), and/or guardian(s) shall request, in writing, that the hearing be held in open session. Any formal action of the Millard Board of Education shall be taken in closed session unless such proceeding was requested by the student, parent(s), or guardian(s) to be held in open session. 

I. The decision of the Millard Board of Education or committee shall be by vote of a majority of the members of the Millard Board of Education and the Millard Board of Education shall reduce its findings and decision to writing and provide the written findings and decision to the student, parent(s), and/or guardian(s) within ten (10) days of the hearing. When conducting such proceedings, the Millard Board of Education or committee shall be exercising a judicial function and deciding a dispute of adjudicative facts. 

VI. Graduation 

Upon successful completion of the required credits, assessments and Personal Learning Plan, a student shall be eligible for a graduation diploma from the Millard Public Schools. 

VII. Annual Review 

This rule shall be reviewed annually by the Educational Services Division and the Department of Assessment, Research, and Evaluation and brought to the Board of Education when changes are necessary.

Date of Adoption
April 16, 2011
Date of Revision
Dec. 5, 1983
Dec. 17, 1990
May 17, 1999
Oct. 18, 1999
July 31, 2000
March 4, 2002
July 21, 2003
June 21, 2004
June 6, 2005
June 5, 2006
June 4, 2007
July 7, 2008
November 2, 2009
November 1, 2010
November 7, 2011
November 5, 2012
October 21, 2013
August 4, 2014
November 3, 2014
July 6, 2015
November 2, 2015
July 11, 2016
November 6, 2017
August 20, 2018
June 3, 2019
Reaffirmed
July 6, 2009