City school board may change graduation requirements

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graduationSAN DIEGO — The San Diego Unified School District is scheduled next week to consider whether to drop senior exhibitions and restore computer proficiency as graduation requirements.

According to district documents, San Diego Unified would save $400,000 by not having to help students defray the costs of preparing their presentations. The exhibitions include projects, community service work, evidence of success throughout a student’s school career and work samples.

Also, according to the San Diego Unified documents, senior exhibitions are not required by the state to graduate and are not called for in University of California eligibility guidelines.

In what the district describes as a housekeeping measure, the proposal would also reverse a board action last year that removed computer proficiency as a graduation requirement, effective with the class of 2016. A component regarding career-technical education, which ran into opposition from parents, will not be included in the restored requirement, according to San Diego Unified.

“Reinstating the computer proficiency requirement will ensure that district students continue to be prepared for college and career as they enter the 21st century technologically based world,” the San Diego Unified documents said.

The requirement would be satisfied by taking computer classes and passing a test.

The SDUSD is one of several large school districts that are toughening graduation standards to bring them into alignment with the so-called “A-G” eligibility requirements of the UC and California State University systems.