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Course changes designed to help students

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Humanity races forward and schools change to ensure students are ready for tomorrow.

Indiana is ranked 49th out of 50 states for adults 25 or older with a two- or four-year college degree. Indiana's Education Roundtable is addressing the issue.

Indiana educators are requiring an ongoing curriculum adjustment to ensure the situation improves. Schools are using the P-16 Plan and the new CORE 40 requirements for incoming 2005 high school freshmen.

The Clay Community Schools Superintendent, curriculum coordinator, principals, counselors and teachers looked at available courses over several months. Then, on Nov. 30, the Central Curriculum Committee reviewed 40 courses to be affected by corrections, cancellations and changes, while creating four new courses for the 2005-'06 school year.

Corrections in 19 course language descriptions were made to comply with Indiana Department of Education standards, while low student enrollment in specific courses for the past two years caused the school corp. to cancel 13 others. Many of the cancellations were elective courses available in the CORE 40 curriculum and needed for a student to receive an Academic Honors Diploma.

Six elective classes, in areas of business management and theater arts, were placed on the calendar for the 2006-'07 school year. Elective classes, experiencing a drop in enrollment due to the new graduation requirements, are being offered on alternating years to accommodate interest and create higher student participation when the classes are available.

Of the four new courses created by Clay Community Schools, three were created to align course offerings of the two county high schools. Business Math/Personal Finance, a course that meets math graduation requirements, and Computer Applications I and II, both CORE 40 electives, will be available to students at Clay City High School, while the fourth class, Technical Theater II, a CORE 40 and Academic Honors Diploma course, will be available to students at Northview High School. The new course changes will be available in the upcoming school year.

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