Tougher requirements approved for students to graduate from school
THAYER -- The State Board of Education on Oct. 6 approved new and tougher minimum requirements for high school graduation that apply to all of Missouri's pubic schools.
The new policy will apply to the Thayer High School class of 2010. Students who are now in the eighth grade must plan their schedules for next year and the remainder of their high school careers based on the new standards.
"We saw this coming some time back and have prepared for the new state requirements," said Thayer High School Principal Kevin Hedden.
Under the new requirements students will be required to earn 24 credits. Hedden said 2006 graduates at Thayer are required to have 25 1/2 credits to graduate. "That will go up a credit next year when we add a half credit of personal finance to graduation criteria," the principal said.
Under the new state rules, students will be required to earn four units in English and three units each in math, science and social studies. The new standards require a half-unit course in personal finance and a half-unit course in health education. "Schools and parents should encourage all students to take more demanding courses in high school," Hedden said. "It is clear that todays jobs and the jobs of tomorrow require more of our graduates. The knowledge and skills that young people need have become much more similar than in the past, regardless of whether students plan to attend college or go directly into the workforce after graduation."
Hedden said for more information regarding the new graduation requirements go to the school Web site, thayer.k12.mo.us, and click on the Missouri Department of Education.