The Taylor Plan sets the standards for student achievement in high school, offering students a state-funded, merit-based opportunity to attend college or vocational/technical school. The Plan is a contract between students and state. Students can earn up to a four-year, state-paid college tuition if they meet specified criteria.
The Taylor Plan is three-pronged: Students must take a specific core curriculum, make the required standardized test score and meet grade point average requirements.
A college preparatory high school core curriculum, one both rigorous and appropriate, is necessary to fully prepare students for the challenges of college. The goal is to ensure high school graduates are college ready and graduation oriented.
The ideal high school core curriculum will include:
4 Units – English
4 Units – Mathematics
4 Units – Social Studies
4 Units – Science
2 Units – Foreign Language
1 Units – Fine Arts
.5 Units – Computer Science
= 19.5 Units Total
2. Standardized Test Scores
The Taylor Plan requires a student’s ACT or SAT composite score to be at or above the state average.
3. Grade Point Average
A student’s high school grade point average must demonstrate reasonable academic success. Therefore, the Taylor Plan requires a 2.5 minimum grade point average.
4. Vocational/Technical School
Students interested in pursuing careers requiring vocational or technical training are also able to earn a state-funded, merit-based opportunity to attend vocational/technical school.
The main focus of the Taylor Plan is college graduation, not simply enrollment. Therefore, to remain eligible, a student must achieve an appropriate level of academic success in college.
- Students must maintain full-time status.
- At the end of year one, a student must earn a 2.3 minimum cumulative grade point average.
- At the end of years two through four, a student must earn a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average.
- Students must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours per academic year.
- The plan encourages students to graduate in four years (eight semesters).