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Option Pathway

Option Pathway is designed for students who have failed major core courses and are in the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade. A second-semester junior or a senior must already be enrolled in and passing a CTE pathway unless the school has a CTE pathway that requires only one year to complete.
Students will earn a high school diploma and be counted as a graduate if they:
  • Attend a TASC™ preparation classes and pass the TASC™ Tests as given.
  • Per Policy 2510, the Option student must successfully complete the four courses of an approved State Department Career Technical Education (CTE) program of study or complete a local concentration approved by the County Board of Education consisting of four related courses correlating to the student's Personalized Education Plan (PEP) . Programs may vary depending on what is offered in your county. Students must also complete any other CTE requirements outlined in Policy 2510. 
  • Receive a 550 average on the TASC™ Tests to be eligible to apply for the PROMISE Scholarship.

Option PathwayThe Option Pathway is a blend of Career Technical Education (CTE) courses and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) Tests. The Option Pathway allows approved students to participate in the TASC™ testing program at approved locations without being withdrawn from an accredited high school. The Option Pathway student may receive a high school diploma according to the completion level of the program, per Policy 2444.4. If you are 16, 17, or 18 years old, you may be a candidate for Option Pathway.

Note: This program is voluntary and requires both parent/guardian and student signatures on the Student/Parent Application and Contract(Appendix 7, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit). 
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Option TeamA preliminary Option Pathway Team meeting is held before a student is selected to begin the Option Program to determine if this is an appropriate placement for the student. Option team members may include but are not limited to:
  • Career Tech Ed Principal
  • School counselor
  • CTE staff member
  • School principal
  • Option Pathway teacher
  • Special Education director/teacher if candidate has an IEP 
The School Based Assistance Team may be used to comprise the Option Pathway as long as the Option Pathway teacher and a designee from CTE are present when decisions are being made for the Option students.
Screening Process for the Option 1 Pathway Student
  • Counselor/instructor identifies student to the Option Pathway:
    • One (1) year or more behind ninth grade cohort, or
    • At risk of dropping out of school, or
    • Age inappropriate according to grade level
  • With approval from parent/guardian (see Parent Permission for Student TABE Testing, Appendix 1, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit, the student takes the TABE and scores the following recommended levels:
    • 8th grade level in reading
    • 7th grade level in math
  • The Option Team meets to discuss placement of student into the Option Pathway and if they are placed, a meeting is held with student and the parent/guardian (see Parent/Student Contract, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit, Appendix 7). 
  • Academic, attendance and behavioral expectations are discussed.
  • Parent/Student Contract is signed (see Student/Parent Application and Contract, Appendix 7, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit)
  • Student is required to take any grade level assessments required by the state.
  • Student may not be taken out of the participation numbers.
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