Because of legislation passed by the 2010 General Assembly, one additional credit in economics and personal finance must be completed prior to graduation by students enrolled in grade 9 during the 2011-12 academic year and subsequent academic years. This additional course is required for the Standard and Advanced Studies Diplomas.
FCPS has developed a course entitled Economics and Personal Finance to meet the new state
requirement which can be taken face-to-face or through the FCPS Online Campus; the online
course is available this fall. In addition, two semester courses, AP Microeconomics and AP
Macroeconomics, will meet the state diploma requirement. Further, FCPS is working with our
local colleges and universities to seek dual enrollment options after school and during the
summer in another alternative effort to meet the requirement.
Students may not “test out” of the graduation requirement. However, FCPS continues to explore options for the delivery of this course.
Yes. The VDOE Standards of Accreditation (SOA) require that all courses (online or face-to face) be based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction.
FCPS is examining Dual Enrollment with NOVA and Virtual Virginia online campus for a more self-paced model of instruction. In addition we continue research other methods of instruction.
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March 12, 2013