71% of Class of 2014 to Earn College-Ready Diplomas

Congratulations, Class of 2014! An estimated 71 percent of graduating seniors have earned an Advanced or Honors diploma. That’s an increase of 4 percentage points from the number of college- and career-ready diplomas earned by the Class of 2013, and 11 percentage points more than the number earned by the Class of 2011. 

The Canyons Board of Education was the first in Utah to offer students differentiated diplomas to indicate students’ college- and career-readiness. The Board adopted the Advanced and Honors diplomas, which require rigorous coursework and competency in core subjects, in February 2010 as part of its college- and career-ready academic framework. The first Advanced and Honors diplomas were awarded to the Class of 2011.

Members of the Board of Education will honor Advanced and Honors diploma recipients at an open house Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from 6 — 7:30 p.m. at Jordan High School.

The data for the Class of 2014 are estimates, and will be solidified in late summer 2014. 

The Class of 2014 includes about 2,130 students. Of them, 768, or just over half, are expected to earn an Advanced Diploma, and 754 are expected to earn the more rigorous Honors Diploma.

In addition to current graduation standards, the Advanced Diploma requires students to complete two credits of world language; credits in more rigorous laboratory sciences and college-prep English in the 12th grade; and competency in Algebra 2.

The Honors Diploma requires students to complete Advanced Diploma requirements and earn College-Readiness Benchmark Scores on the ACT college-entrance exam. The Benchmark Scores are (on a scale of 1-36): 18 in English; 21 in Reading; 22 in Mathematics; and 24 in Science.

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