ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) – While education subcommittee members are hearing from the public on the massive education bill, Anderson 5 Superintendent Tom Wilson went to Columbia this week to put support behind one line found on page 71.
It’s one line reading, “Beginning with students in the 9th grade in the year 2020-2021 a local board of trustees may require additional units for a high school diploma.” What this means is some districts could require high schoolers to take and pass more classes to graduate.
By state law, students only have to pass 24 classes yet you can take up to 32 in a block schedule. Wilson said it would have no impact on dual enrollment or AP courses because will count towards the new requirement.
“What a lot of themdo is front end or front load required classes so when they get to the middle of their junior or senior year they’ve had all their math work and credit so basically the last half of their high school career is basically all electives and could go 18 to 20 months without a math class,” Wilson said.
Wilson said if this portion of the bill passes he hopes Anderson District Five will be one of the first to raise their standards to 28 required classes.