Academic Standards and Graduation Requirements

To comply with Colorado State Board of Education graduation standards, the PSD Board of Education adopted new graduation requirements in 2017, reflected in District policy IKF-2017.  If you have questions about graduation requirements for your student, please contact their high school counselor. 

 

High School Diploma Requirements

To earn a high school diploma, students must earn 240 credits, and complete one option of meeting requirements for a state-approved assessment measure OR a college/career readiness measure.

 

Option A:  State-Approved Assessment Measures

Students must meet or exceed minimum scores in mathematics and English on one or more state-approved assessment measures. 

Option A example: A student must earn 240 credits and take one of the state-approved assessments, such as the SAT. Students take the SAT exam free of charge during their junior year. They need to score 470 or higher in English and 500 or higher in mathematics.
 

State-Approved Assessment Options with Scores/Criteria

Learn more about these options on the Assessments / Measures for Graduation web page. 


Accuplacer 

  • English score:
    • Classic: 62 on reading or 70 on sentence skills
    • Next generation: 241 on reading or 236 on science writing
  • Mathematics, computer science score:​​​​​
    • Classic: 61 on elementary algebra
    • Next generation: 255 on arithmetic (AR) OR 230 on quantitative reasoning, algebra and statistics (QAS)

ACT

  • English score: 18
  • Mathematics, computer science score: 19


ACT WorkKeys

  • English score: Bronze (3) or higher
  • Mathematics, computer science score: Bronze (3) or higher


Advanced Placement Exams

  • English score: 2
  • Mathematics, computer science score: 2


ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Battery) Assessment

  • English score: 31 or higher
  • Mathematics, computer science score: 31 or higher


International Baccalaureate Exams

  • English score: 4
  • Mathematics, computer science score: 4


SAT

  • English score: 470
  • Mathematics, computer science score: 500


Option B:  College, Career Readiness Measures

Students must meet one of the state-approved individualized college and career-readiness measures:

Option B example: A student must earn 240 credits and earn an industry certificate, such as in the culinary arts. The certification indicates the student is prepared to work in a professional setting after high school.


    PSD Core Credit Requirements 

    To graduate from a PSD high school, students must earn a total 240 credits from these required subject areas: 

    Mathematics, Computer Science - 30 credits
    Algebra, geometry, data-analysis, and statistics; algebra II recommended

    Science - 30 credits
    Physical, life and earth-systems sciences (chemistry and/or physics recommended)

    Language Arts - 40 credits
    Oral expression and listening, reading, writing, composition, research and reasoning

    Social Studies - 25 credits
    Geography, civics, history and economics (must include U.S. History and U.S. Government)

    Humanities - 5 credits
    Study of literature, history, philosophy and comparative religion, visual and performing arts and culture.

    World Language or Culture - 10 credits
    World languages; knowledge and understanding of world cultures (two years of a language is recommended)

    Fine and Applied Arts - 10 credits
    Developing original products, creating such as in art or gourmet food; performing and problem-solving using critical and creative thinking

    Wellness - 15 credits
    Physical and personal wellness

    Financial Literacy - 5 credits
    Personal financial literacy

    Economics - 5 credits
    Micro and macroeconomics

    Electives - 65 credits
    Student-selected courses in personal interest areas