Schools see delay in graduation project requirement

First Posted: 4/5/2009

RALEIGH Although high school seniors across the state will receive a one-year reprieve on the high school graduation project requirement, area students may still continue to complete them.
The North Carolina State Board of Education approved the one-year delay for the project on Friday. It will now be a requirement for the first time for the class of 2010-11.
Students in the Mount Airy City School System began completing the projects last school year in order to help students become more prepared and to work through any issues before the projects became required by the state for graduation. Mount Airy High School students will continue to complete the projects as many are already well underway for this years projects or have already completed them from the first semester.
The fate of the projects in the Surry County School System is still up in the air. The board of education will discuss the issue at tonights meeting and further meetings will be held in the upcoming week with the leadership team and with principals from the high schools before a final decision is made on the projects for this year.
The Graduation Project is North Carolinas most real-world assessment. It reflects the demands of the 21st century more completely than any standardized test, said State Board of Education Chairman and CEO Bill Harrison in a press release. 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.
In order to complete the graduation project, students must choose a topic of interest and then complete a research paper, create a product related to that topic and present their work and findings to a judging panel compiled of members from the community. In order to learn more about the topic, each student must find a mentor from the community to help them with their project and offer guidance.

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