Getting a high school diploma from the Oxnard Union High School District may be tougher for students entering ninth grade this fall.
The board on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to increase graduation requirements for the class of 1995, adding more English and math courses and a proficiency in computer literacy. The total number of credits for graduation would increase from 220 to 230.
Under the stiffer standards, students would be required to take English for four years instead of three and math for three years instead of two. One year, or 10 credits, of math must be above the basic level--in pre-algebra or higher.
The proposal would also add computer literacy as a graduation requirement, as recommended by the state Board of Education. That standard may be met through course work, by passing a test or teacher certification.
Students who begin high school in the fall of 1992 would be required to take one semester of geography. However, that requirement may be waived if the student passes a district-approved geography test.
In a discussion of the requirements at the board meeting Wednesday, some teachers and students objected to the changes, arguing that students would have less time to take elective courses, such as music.