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IH6.A – Alternative Demonstration of Competency for Graduating Class of 2014 and 2015 - November 2014 Revision

The superintendent, or his/her designee, shall develop and establish an Alternative Demonstration of Competency for the graduating students of 2014 and 2015 in compliance with state statute and regulation for review, amendment and approval by the Board of Education.  This policy shall be applicable only to students who are members of the 2014 and 2015 graduating classes and shall be null and void for all other graduating students.

All students shall be required to demonstrate competency in the subject areas required by state law to receive a diploma of excellence.  Students may demonstrate competency by achieving passing scores on assessments as provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department.  Students who are unable to demonstrate competency using passing scores on assessments provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department may elect to demonstrate competency through the Albuquerque Public Schools created and approved alternative demonstration.

The superintendent, or his/her designee, shall guarantee that the Alternative Demonstration of Competency is a rigorous portfolio of standards-based indicators.  This portfolio may include, but is not limited to:

  • Performance-based assessments;
  • Admissions to college;
  • Meeting benchmarks outlined in a student’s individualized education plan; or
  • Teacher-administered final exams.

Students who are members of the 2014 and 2015 graduating classes who believe they have demonstrated competency by another method not adopted may appeal to the superintendent, or his/her designee, and shall be deemed to have met competency in that area if the appeal is successful.

Students who are members of the 2014 and 2015 graduating classes may demonstrate competency during school or up to five years after they exit school.

Administrative Position:            Chief Academic Officer/Associate Superintendent for Secondary Education

Department Director:                 Executive Director of Instructional Accountability/Executive Director of        
                                                  Curriculum

References:

Legal Cross Ref.:                         §22-13-1 et. seq. NMSA 1978
                                                  NMAC 6.19.7
                                                  NMAC 6.29.1.9

Board Policy Cross Ref.:                 IH6 Graduation Requirements
Procedural Directive Cross Ref.:      Alternative Demonstration of Competency

NSBA/NEPN Classification:      IHB

Adopted: December 4, 2013
Reviewed: November 11, 2014
Revised: November 19, 2014

 

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