NORTH CAROLINA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Policy Manual

Policy Identification
Priority:
  Globally Competitive Students
Category:  Miscellaneous Graduation Policies
Policy ID Number:  GCS-L-007

Policy Title:  North Carolina high School Diploma Endorsements

Current Policy Date:  05/02/2013

Other Historical Information:  

Statutory Reference:  

Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Reference Number and Category:  


Students enrolled in North Carolina high schools shall have the opportunity to earn Endorsements to their High School Diploma beginning with the graduating class of 2014-2015 based on the following criteria:

I.      Students shall meet all requirements set forth in State Board Policy GCS-N-004 “State Graduation Requirements” related to earning a high school diploma.

II.    Endorsements identify a particular area of focused study for students. Students may earn one or more of the following endorsements:  (i) Career Endorsement, (ii) College Endorsement, and/or (iii) North Carolina Academic Scholars Endorsement.

III.  The requirements for earning these endorsements are defined below:

a.     Career Endorsement:

                                                                 i.     Except as limited by N.C.G.S. §115C-81(b), the student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans;

                                                               ii.     The student shall complete a CTE concentration in one of the approved CTE Cluster areas (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/cte/curriculum/);

-       Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

-       Architecture and Construction

-       Arts, A/V Technology and Communications

-       Business, Management and Administration

-       Education and Training

-       Finance

-       Government and Public Administration

-       Health Science

-       Hospitality and Tourism

-       Human Services

-       Information Technology

-       Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

-       Manufacturing

-       Marketing, Sales and Service

-       Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

-       Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

                                                             iii.     The student shall earn a grade point average of at least 2.6 (unweighted).

                                                              iv.     The student shall earn at least one industry-recognized credential. Earned credentials can include Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) at the Silver level or above from WorkKeys assessments OR another appropriate industry credential/certification.

 

b.     College Endorsement (2 options):

Option 1

                                                                 i.     The student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course aligned with the students post-secondary plans; and

                                                               ii.     The student shall earn a grade point average of at least 2.6 (unweighted).

Option 2

                                                             iii.     The student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course that meets the minimum admission requirements for UNC universities which include a mathematics course with either Algebra II or Integrated Mathematics III as a pre-requisite;

                                                              iv.     The student shall complete three units of science including at least one physical science, one biological science and one laboratory science course, which must include either physics or chemistry;

                                                               v.     Two units of world languages (other than English);

                                                              vi.     Students shall earn a grade point average of at least 2.6 (unweighted).

c.     North Carolina Academic Scholars Endorsement:

                                                                 i.     Requirements for Academic Scholars program are set forth in State Board Policy GCS-L-003.

IV.  Students may earn more than one Endorsement.

V.    Students are not required to earn an Endorsement in order to receive a diploma.

 

History Note:  Authority G. S. 115C-12(40)

Session Law 2013-1

Eff:  June 2013