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Master scheduling to be discussed at VISD board meeting

By Carolina Astrain
April 15, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Victoria school district board of trustees regular monthly meeting

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: VISD Administration Building, 102 Profit Drive

New requirements in order to graduate high school are the highlight of Thursday's Victoria school district board meeting.

Kim Motley, VISD counseling coordinator, will explain the new master scheduling plan, what courses students will be able to take under each individual endorsement track and the new state graduation requirements.

In order to graduate under the new requirements, students will have to select one of five endorsement tracks.

VISD will be offering five endorsement tracks next school year: science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM; business and industry; public services; arts and humanities; and multidisciplinary studies.

Students interested in more than one track will have the option to select another.

"A lot of our students will be taking on more than one track," Motley said.

For example, students on the STEM endorsement track will be required to take Algebra II, chemistry, physics and a combination of courses associated with a specific career pathway.

Under the STEM and arts and humanities tracks, there are five different course combinations for students to choose from.

The multidisciplinary track has three combinations, and the business and industry and public service tracks have two combinations.

Each will be broken down at Thursday's meeting, Motley said.

On top of the curriculum requirements for each endorsement track, students will need to take additional advanced classes in math, science and two additional elective credits to graduate.

Students who do not pass a portion of their State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams at the final recommendation level, or Level 2, will be scheduled to take accelerated courses, or intervention courses, to help them graduate, Motley said.

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