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Utah's newest school district considering big changes

Utah's newest school district considering big changes

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SANDY -- The Canyons School District may soon offer a special College and Career Ready Diploma. Superintendent David Doty says it would emphasize a heavier course load and higher academic bar.

He says, "Research is clear that course-taking patterns in middle school and high school are the best predictor of whether a student goes on to college and earns a degree of some kind."

**By the numbers… Canyons School District**
• Approximately 33,000 students • 44 schools:
• 29 elementary schools • 8 middle schools • 4 high schools • 1 technical center • 2 schools serving students with special needs
• 4 special programs • 5 communities
The board could consider it in the next few weeks, possibly making the special high school diploma ready for the upcoming freshmen class of 2014.

Doty says the board is also looking at putting sixth grade into middle school and ninth grade into high school. He thinks it will help strengthen middle schools and put students more on the college-ready track as well.

"To try to backup into earlier grades the preparation for college and for after high school, and to get students taking a course sequence that is going to prepare them for the future," he said.

The reconfiguration is part of the overall look at how the facilities and school buildings are used in the Canyons District.

"There are a lot of ninth-grade students and even parents of ninth-graders, who don't really grasp fully the seriousness of that year as a high school year when it's not fully integrated and connected with high school," he said.


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