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House Bill 83 (HB 83) amends Public Schools graduation requirements beginning in the 2022-2021 school year.
House Bill 83 (HB 83) amends Public Schools graduation requirements beginning in the 2022-2021 school year. SECTION 1. Amends Public Schools Section 22-13-1.1 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1986, Chapter 33, Section 5, as amended) graduation requirements as follows: In Subsection E (2), text is inserted to add reference to compliance with Subsections A through D. The text reads as follows: E. The secretary shall: (2) promulgate rules for accredited private schools in order to ensure substantial compliance with the provisions of Subsections A through D of this section; (3) monitor compliance with the requirements of Subsections A through D of this section … Subsection G, H and N are deleted. The section is relettered. House Bill 83 also inserts new sections as follows: K. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, for students entering the ninth grade, successful completion of a minimum of 23 units aligned to the state academic content and performance standards shall be required to receive a diploma of excellence. As further delineated in Subsections L through N of this section, these units are: (1) four units of English, with balanced emphasis on grammar, literature and nonfiction writing; (2) three units in mathematics; (3) three units in science, two of which shall have a laboratory component; (4) three and one-half units in social science as specified; (5) one unit in physical education as determined by each school district; (6) one unit in one of the following: (a) a career cluster course; (b) workplace readiness; or (c) a language other than English; and (7) seven and one-half elective units that meet department content and performance standards, unless the school district requires health education to be taken in high school, in which case elective units for high school students in that school district shall be reduced accordingly. L. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, for students entering the ninth grade unless otherwise specified, the following required courses or substitutions of required courses delineated in Subsections K through N of this section may be made if the required courses or course substitutions are offered in the public school the student is attending and the student meets any required prerequisites: substitutions for literature, mathematics, science courses as specified in this subsection. M. The required physical education credit provided for in Subsection K of this section may be substituted by participation in marching band, junior reserve officers' training corps or interscholastic sports sanctioned by the New Mexico activities association or any other co-curricular physical activity. N. Elective credit courses provided for in Subsection K of this section may include student service learning, pre-apprenticeship, media literacy, core subject courses not taken as requirements and other courses offered at the public school the student attends. Financial literacy shall be offered as an elective. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, any student in the ninth through twelfth grades may undertake a capstone course as an elective; provided that elective capstone courses shall be guided by a teacher, who may use outside experts or mentors. Subsection Q, previously Subsection P defines “capstone course” and renumbers this subsection. Subsection Q(8) includes a change of text from “includes” to “may include. The revised definition of “capstone course” in Q(1) is as follows: Q. As used in this section: (1) "capstone course" means a multifaceted academic and intellectual experience that may take a wide variety of forms and that culminates in a final product or performance and includes a presentation on the final product or performance to a panel convened by the public school to evaluate the quality of the final product or performance …
House Bill 83 is amended by State Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee (HSEIC) as follows: On page 9, line 18 and 19, after "writing", insert "and one unit of which shall be English 9 and one unit of which shall be English 10”; and strike "three" and insert in lieu thereof "four" and after "mathematics", insert ", one of which shall be algebra 1”. Subsection K(1) and (2) will read: … emphasis on grammar, literature and nonfiction writing and one unit of which shall be English 9 and one unit of which shall be English 10. (2) four units in mathematics, one of which shall be algebra 1; On page 10, line 5, after "economics", insert "or financial literacy”. Subsection K(4)(d) reads: (d) one-half unit of economics or financial literacy; On page 10, line 10, 11, and 12, strike "or" ; strike "and" and insert in lieu thereof "or" and between lines 11 and 12, insert the following new subparagraph: "(d) fine arts; and". Subsection K(6) and (7) will read: (6) one unit in one of the following: (a) a career cluster course; (b) workplace readiness; (c) a language other than English; or (d) fine arts; and (7) six and one-half elective units … On page 10, line 19, after "or", insert "allowable". Subsection L will read as follows: … the following required courses or allowable substitutions of required … On page 13, line 15, after the period, strike the remainder of the line and strike line 16 through the period. This removes reference to financial literacy in Subsection N. … the public school the student attends. Financial literacy shall be offered as an elective.