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Class Notes: New rule will change how to earn credits toward graduation
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A new rule handed down by the State Board of Education regarding graduation could have a significant impact on local students in the next year.

The new rule will change how students acquire course credits leading to graduation.

The Gainesville City Schools Board of Education discussed the New Graduation Rule, as it is being called, Monday night at its meeting.

Sarah Bell, director of academic programs and standards, explained some of the “substantial changes” that could affect high school and possibly middle school students.

The rule will establish a bit of flexibility in how much time a student must spend in a class to earn credit.

Bell said that part of the rule won’t affect the system very much, given its charter status.

“It’s kind of a mindset shift,” Bell said. “That we don’t necessarily have to sit in a classroom for a semester and earn a credit, or a year to earn a credit.”

The rule could also change how credits are awarded in some core courses, like the career technical and agricultural courses.

Students with disabilities may be able to complete fewer math courses in order to graduate. Students may also have the opportunity to test out of a course they already understand.

The new rule will be effective in the next school year.

“It really will have significant changes in the way students are awarded credit and the weights of courses,” Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said.

She said she recommends the board take its time learning about the new rule and how to best work through the changes. She also recommended speaking with the school governance councils and getting input on how to designate class ranks and awards.

The board noted the necessity of alerting parents to the changes quickly. System officials will attended a webinar about the rule today.

Bell said a lot of the technicalities of the rule will be left up to local boards.

Gainesville football team to receive state championship rings Thursday

This year’s Gainesville High School football team will be presented with state championship rings at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday in the school gym. The team beat Ware County in December in the Class AAAAA state championship.

The public is invited to attend.

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