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Michigan High School Graduation

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Brittany Thorpe

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By then- Governor Jennifer Granholm
(Michigan Department of Education, 2001-2014)
More Changes
Do They Work?

Signed into effect in 2006
In 2012 the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research analyzed data from 700,000 students enrolled in public Michigan high schools.
The study showed

4 year graduation rate dropped from 72% to 70% in 2011

The Merit Curriculum reduced the 5 year graduation rate by 4.5%

The best students showed better scored in math and science, BUT all students scores dropped in writing

(Arndt, 2012)
In June 2013 the House of Representatives approved changes that expanded the high school graduation requirements.

Bills 4465 and 4466 allow for technical and career training to count towards Algebra II.

Foreign language credits can count as early as Kindergarten.

Student-athletes can count their participation in athletics towards the physical education requirement.

(Smith, 2013)
Monday, February 24, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Requirements Changing
Michigan High School Curriculum
"We have to start looking at students as individuals with different abilities that need to be taken into account, but also as individuals with unlimited potential to achieve." - Governor Rick Snyder (Wurfel, 2011)

In 2013 a US News report showed that Michigan was 28 out of 50 that successfully prepared students for college based on students participating in and achieving passing scores on Advanced Placement tests along with the appropriate statewide given tests. (Morse, 2013)

In 2010 a total of 238 schools had ZERO students ready for college-based on the spring ACT test. (Wurfel, 2011)
4 Credits
Algebra I

Algebra II


1 Math Course-Final Year of School

Language Arts
4 Credits
1 Course Each Year of School
3 Credits

Physics or Chemistry

1 Additional Course
Social Studies
3 Credits
.5 Credit Civics

.5 Credit Economics

1 Credit US History & Geography

1 Credit World History & Geography
Physical Education
1 Credit
Michigan Merit

Visual, Performing
Applied Arts
1 Credit
Online Learning
1 Credit
Foreign Language
2 Credits
Writing, Speaking, and Visual Expression
1.1 Understand and practice writing as a recursive process.
1.2 Use writing, speaking, and visual expression for personal understanding and growth.

1.3 Communicate in speech, writing, and multimedia using content, form, voice, and style appropriate to the audience and purpose

1.4 Develop and use the tools and practices of inquiry and research—generating, exploring, and refining important questions; creating a hypothesis or thesis; gathering and studying evidence; drawing conclusions; and composing a report.

1.5 Produce a variety of written, spoken, multigenre, and multimedia works, making conscious choices about language, form, style, and/or visual representation for each work

Reading, Listening, & Viewing
2.1 Develop critical reading, listening, and viewing strategies.

2.2 Use a variety of reading, listening, and viewing strategies to construct meaning beyond the literal level

2.3 Develop as a reader, listener, and viewer for personal, social, and political purposes, through independent and collaborative reading.

Literature & Culture
3.1 Develop the skills of close and contextual literary reading.

3.2 Read and respond to classic and contemporary fiction, literary nonfiction, and expository text, from a variety of literary genres representing many time periods and authors

3.3 Use knowledge of literary history, traditions, and theory to respond to and analyze the meaning of texts.

3.4 Examine mass media, film, series fiction, and other texts from popular culture.
4.1 Understand and use the English language effectively in a variety of contexts and settings.

4.2 Understand how language variety reflects and shapes experience.

Make sense of problems and persevere in
solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique
the reasoning of others.
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Mathematical Practices
Look for and make use of structure.
Look for and express regularity in
repeated reasoning.
Science Standards
Earth Science
Earth Science
1. Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications

2. Earth Systems

3. Solid Earth

4. Fluid Earth

5. The Earth in Space and Time
1. Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications

2. Organization and Development of Living Systems

3. Interdependence of Living Systems and the Environment

4. Genetics

5. Evolution and Biodiversity
1. Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications

2. Motion of Objects

3. Forces and Motion

4. Forms of Energy and Energy Transformations
1. Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications

2. Forms of Energy

3. Energy Transfer and Conservation

4. Properties of Matter

5. Changes in Matter
Social Studies
World History & Geography
Historical and geographical knowledge and perspective.

Historical and Geographical
Analysis and Interpretation

Global Analysis of World History
Eras 4 – 8 from three perspectives:
global, interregional, regional
US History & Geography
Historical and Geographical
Knowledge and Perspective

Historical and Geographical
Analysis and Interpretation

Thematic Analysis of United
States History Eras 6 – 9
Civics Knowledge

Intellectual Skills of Civics

Participatory Skills

Civics Dispositions
Economics Knowledge

Intellectual Skills of Economics

Economic Literacy
Physical Education & Health
Physical Education
Is aligned with the Michigan K-12 Physical Education Content Standards and Benchmarks.

Equips students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for lifelong physical activity.

Influences personal and social skill development.
Physical Education
Health-Related Fitness (required category)


Net/Wall Games

Target Games

Invasion Games

Striking/Fielding Games

Outdoor Pursuits

Rhythmic Activities
Health Education
1. Core Concepts

2. Access Information

3. Health Behaviors

4. Influences

5. Goal Setting

6. Decision Making

7. Social Skills

8. Advocacy

The Arts
Apply skills and knowledge to perform in the arts.
Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts.
Analyze, describe, and evaluate works of art.
Analyze in Context
Understand, analyze, and describe the arts in their
historical, social, and cultural contexts.
Analyze & Make Conncections
Recognize, analyze, and describe connections among
the arts; between the arts and other disciplines;
between the arts and everyday life.
1. Communication- Communicate in other languages than English.

2. Cultures-Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

3. Connections- Connect with other disciplines
and acquire information.

4. Comparisons-Develop insight into the nature of language
and culture.

5. Communities- Participate in multilingual communities
at home and around the world.
Foreign Language
As the world continues to grow and change so will curriculum.

Brittany Thorpe
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