The Mount Diablo Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved increasing graduation requirements for high school students in the district on Wednesday night, reversing a decision made three years ago.
Students graduating in 2016 will need to earn 220 credits to graduate, an increase of 20 credits, according to school administrators.
Alternative school students will need to accrue 190 credits, according to a report prepared for the Sept. 11, 2013 Board of Education meeting.
Students will need to take additional math or elective courses.
The Board of Education has been discussing these requirements with a high school work group since May 21, 2013. During those conversations, the interim superintendent recommended increasing graduation requirements for students.
The move pivots the direction the district took on March 9, 2010, when it eliminated summer school programming to save money. At that time, the board also reduced the amount of math classes needed to graduate from three years to two years. Each year of math is worth 10 credits.
The board’s decision on Wednesday catalyzes changes that will start to be phased in this school year.