Business groups are skeptical of a key element in the State Board of Education's proposed graduation overhaul and want a new system in place faster.
The board's Graduation Requirements and High School Redesign Task Force met March 4 to review the graduation proposal ahead of next week's board meeting. The board is scheduled to vote on it then to meet an April 1 deadline to send more details about its plan to lawmakers.
The proposal, first endorsed by the board late last year, would supplement existing graduation pathways with a new option through which students would demonstrate their knowledge in five areas: English; math; well-rounded content; technology; and leadership, reasoning and social-emotional learning. Students could meet the requirement in a given area through the usual state tests, or by other means such as taking a relevant College Credit Plus course or completing a demonstration project, for example.
The proposal also includes a "culminating student experience," in which students would give some sort of presentation that demonstrates their evidence of knowledge and skills and competency in math, writing and research. It could take the form of a research project, art portfolio, community service project or career-technical education program, among other options.
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