Important Information for the Class of 2017
Important Information for the Class of 2017
Posted on 02/17/2016

​The Class of 2017 will be the first cohort of students to graduate under newly updated state requirements. 

​Three Science Credits Required
In 2013, the state legislature passed Wisconsin Act 63, which specifies the number and type of credits students need to graduate.

The District graduation requirements for our current juniors were updated last year to align with the new law. This includes a change in the number of required science credits.

In order to graduate in the 2016-17 school year, students must now have at least three (3) credits of science. This year’s juniors need to be sure to sign up for summer school or senior year science if they are still in need of a third credit.

For students who need a science credit, please check out the wide array of options in the Course Description Booklet located on the District’s website.

Wisconsin State Civics Test Requirement
The state legislature mandated a new graduation test for all students, that was signed by the governor as part of the 2015-17 Wisconsin State Budget. Starting with the Class of 2017, all students will be required to take a Civics Test (modeled after the Naturalization Test). Although the requirement was included in the state budget, no additional resources were provided to implement the new mandate.

In order for students to graduate, they must correctly answer 60 out of 100 questions. Students are allowed to take the test multiple times until they correctly answer 60 questions.

For English Language Learners, the test is to be administered in the language of their choosing. For students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), the IEP will determine the accommodations needed for the student to take the test and meet the graduation requirement.

District Implementation of Civics Test
For 2015-16, the District will be offering high school juniors, sophomores and freshmen an opportunity to take the test:

​- Juniors will be taking the test in their social studies classes starting in early February.
- Sophomores will have an opportunity to take the test beginning in April.
- Freshmen will have an opportunity at the end of second semester.

Starting in 2016-17, the District will be offering the Civics Test in Freshman social studies, since the subject matter covered in that course most closely aligns with the content of the test.

For students who miss the opportunity to take the test as a Freshman, the District will have alternative options for learning the content and for taking the test. 

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