High School Graduation Requirements
Columbia's Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, Wanda Brown, explains what that means for students.
"We have a challenge now to make sure that we have prepared all of our students for some kind of post-secondary opportunity," she said. "Does that mean everyone's going to go to college? No, but it means that we need to prepare students for skilled jobs."
And, Columbia public schools are taking other steps to prepare high school students for higher education.
"Our hope is to, through the curriculum, to connect kids to career paths," explained Betsy Monaco-Jones, Rock Bridge High School counselor. "To see the interdisciplinary connection of their courses, and try to come up with a plan."
Earlier this week, the Columbia school board discussed a state requirement to raise graduation requirements.
Rock Bridge High thinks it has a successful graduation program, but it still realizes the need for improvement. Students in the district can use computer aids, such as the Kuter Program, to direct them toward college and career goals.
"High schools are operating the way they've always operated, but the needs of the students may be different," added Monaco-Jones
Missouri high schools will incorporate the curriculum changes in the 2010 academic year.