At the end of two days of meetings in Tumwater, the state Board of Education approved new course requirements for a high school diploma. The minimum number of credits required will jump from 19 to 24, beginning with the class of 2016.
The state board sets minimums and most school districts already require more than 19 credits with the majority already requiring 22 or more for high school students.
Here is the resolution approved by the board today.
Here is a column I wrote on the topic.
The new requirements will be reviewed by the Legislature and it will have to wrestle with some new funding requirements to implement them. Most of the new money will be in the area of counselors to help students develop and follow a high school and beyond plan. In later years, the state estimates it will need to expand instructional time for additional math and science credits and buy some new materials. The state estimates these additions will cost about $67 million over the next five school years.