13A.09.09.09

.09 Requirements for Secondary Schools.

A. Credits Required for Graduation.

(1) Beginning with the 2004—2005 school year and thereafter, a student entering grade 9 shall earn a minimum of 21 credits for secondary school graduation.

(2) A school shall require 12 credits as follows:

(a) Four credits in English language arts;

(b) Two credits in social studies to include at least one credit in U. S. History; and

(c) Six credits in science and mathematics to include at least two science credits and two mathematics credits.

(3) A school shall require nine additional credits in accordance with its written policy regarding graduation requirements.

B. Written Policy Regarding Credits Required for Graduation.

(1) A secondary school shall have a written policy regarding the credits required for secondary school graduation.

(2) A secondary school shall give annually to parents or legal guardians of prospective and enrolled students its written policy regarding the credits required for secondary school graduation.

C. Definition of a Unit of Credit.

(1) A secondary school shall have a written statement that defines a unit of credit and any partial unit of credit granted by the school.

(2) A secondary school shall give annually to parents or legal guardians of prospective and enrolled students its written statement that defines a unit of credit and any partial unit of credit granted by the school.

D. Transcript.

(1) A secondary school shall be prepared to present as a separate document a transcript of the secondary school record of each student for each year of enrollment that includes the following:

(a) School's name;

(b) School's location address;

(c) School's telephone number;

(d) Student's first, middle, and last names;

(e) Student's month, day, and year of birth;

(f) Student's home address;

(g) Credits and grades earned in each subject area;

(h) Code for the meaning of the grading system;

(i) Designation of transfer credits accepted by the school and name of the school originally granting each credit;

(j) Month, day, and year the student initially entered;

(k) Grade upon enrollment;

(l) Month, day, and year the student withdrew or graduated; and

(m) Number of days of attendance in each school year.

(2) A secondary school shall maintain permanently the original or a legible copy of the secondary school transcript of each student who has been enrolled in the school.

(3) Before a secondary school ceases operation, the legal authority of the school shall file with the Department, in alphabetical order, the original or a legible copy of the secondary school transcript for each student who has been enrolled in the school.

E. Diploma. The diploma of a secondary school may not imply that the requirements for graduation from a Maryland public secondary school have been met.