Colorado board of education to meet on new graduation requirements

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DENVER — Colorado’s board of education is expected to meet Wednesday to consider new graduation requirements.

The Denver Post reports an advisory council has been crafting new standards that center on competency rather than “seat time.”

If approved, the new standards would be phased in over seven years.

Currently the standards are based off “seat time” where students acquire credits based off required classes they take. It’s based off an assumption that students have absorbed the material and can progress.

The new standards would be based off a series of evaluations in math, English, science and social studies. Students would have to complete a minimum level of competence in order to progress.

The evaluations would not necessarily mean a single state test but could offer multiple ways to satisfy the requirements, CEO of DSST Public Schools Bill Kurtz told the Post.

For example, a high school student could meet the standard by achieving a certain score on either the state’s TCAP test, the ACT, International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement exams or getting a grade C- or better on a college course.

The board will discuss the new idea Wednesday afternoon at the Colorado Department of Education.

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