VISD to hear updates about new graduation requirements

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Feb. 18, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.

Updates to the state's new high school graduation requirements will be discussed at the Victoria school district board meeting Thursday.

Students will now have to choose one of five endorsement tracks to graduate.

Victoria school district Communications Director Diane Boyett said the district has worked to inform parents and students about the upcoming changes by hosting parent information nights.

"We're also doing a lot more on campuses this week to help students pick courses for next year," Boyett said.

The five endorsement tracks are: science, technology, engineering and math; public service; arts and humanities; business and industry; and multidisciplinary studies.

School board president Tami Keeling said she encourages parents to go to the parent nights and the board meeting to learn about the changes.

"There's a lot to learn about this," Keeling said. "Although districts are only required to offer one endorsement track, we're going to be able to offer all five."

Victoria school district sophomores have a parent night scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the VISD Conference Center, 2909 Miori Lane.

The state clarified requirements for the endorsement tracks earlier this month, said Kim Motley, school district counseling coordinator.

"Based on the wording, it looked like they were going to be needing more math credits than what they decided on for the STEM endorsement," Motley said.



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