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State delays graduation project requirement

Posted April 2, 2009
Updated April 3, 2009

— The state Board of Education voted Thursday to delay the graduation project requirement for high school students by one year.

Now, the Class of 2011 will be the first group of students required to do research on an issue, create "products" to address the issues, write reports about the research and present their findings to a panel of community members.

"Many schools and districts across North Carolina have had a graduation project in some form or fashion for a decade or more. By giving the entire state more time to implement the North Carolina Graduation Project, we can ensure its success in every school and community," board Chairman and Chief Executive Bill Harrison said in a statement.

Board members say that they see the Graduation Project as having the potential eventually to replace some elements of the current high school testing program once it is in place statewide.

"The graduation project offers students the opportunity to explore a topic that they care about, to demonstrate what they know and can do, and to interact with adults in a professional way. These are skills that high school graduates will need as they pursue further education and go into the workplace," Rebecca Garland, chief academic officer for the state Department of Public Instruction, said in a statement.


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  • ohmygosh Apr 6, 2009

    Just how is such a "project" graded. If you did something at all, you pass? Is how to sell drugs a project? In schools which already use this: how many fail and thus don't graduate? What remediation is available for those who fail? This just adds to an already overburdened system....

  • Chai Apr 3, 2009

    WHY SHOULD ONE PROJECT DETERMINE IF A STUDENT GRADUATES OR NOT? drop out will go up as a cause of this! ON BEHALF OF MY FELLOW CLASSMATES OF 2010, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO CLASSES OF 2011 AND YOUNGER good luck pick something you love and HA HA!!!

  • amyrn Apr 3, 2009

    Excuse me, but I don't know what other parents do but what I am supplying is the financial assistance for my son's project. He is paying for part of it. He is repainting his vehicle. He will be doing body work on it also. He turned in his thesis and it was approved. He has a mentor lined up and I think it is a great idea. It shows originality and will be great experience for him. He is a very bright student but he hates the regular school work but is excelling in hands on like Auto tech and construction. There will always be jobs for mechanics and body people. Not everyone aspires to be a physician or an attorney (thank the Lord).

  • baracus Apr 3, 2009

    Any private school parents here? I thought this type of project was pretty common in private schools, which we are lead to believe are superior to public schools in every way.

  • 2headstrong Apr 3, 2009

    When will the state accept the fact that not all kids are college-bound?

  • ra8797 Apr 3, 2009

    What a collossal waste this is to begin with. Can we outsouce the State Board of Ed.? It would be cheaper and we'd get some real ideas to help the children of North Carolina.

  • whatusay Apr 3, 2009

    The parents will probably do most of the work on these projects.

  • sg0544 Apr 3, 2009

    When I was in high school researching subjects, constructing models and other visual aids, writing research papers, and giving oral presentations was part of the regular curriculum. These were just a few of the wide variety of methods the teachers used to engage students and help us learn. If North Carolina feels the need to make a special graduation requirement that has students do these things on their own to prove they have these skills it makes me wonder what is being taught in the classrooms. In the four years leading up to graduation have the students never been given the opportunity to do any of these things before?

  • rickmand Apr 3, 2009

    It is a waste of time and money. It is just another burden the St. Board of Ed. is putting on Students and parents right beside the end of year testing...

  • elvisdaisy2 Apr 3, 2009

    2011, The Failed Obama Presidency should be a popular topic.