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November 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Seattle schools to consider delay on new graduation requirements

Seattle school leaders might soon delay new graduation requirements that would increase the number of credits a student needs to finish high school.

The Seattle school board plans to vote Wednesday on whether to tell the state they need two more years to meet the new requirements, passed by Washington lawmakers earlier this year.  Those requirements are supposed to go into effect starting with next fall’s incoming freshman class, and require students to earn 24 credits to graduate instead of 20.

Seattle can’t meet that mark by then, school board President Sharon Peaslee said in an interview Friday.

Many Seattle high schools operate on a six-period class schedule, she said, making 24 credits roughly the maximum amount a Seattle student can earn in his or her high school career. That means failing or dropping out of even one class would cause a student to not graduate on time, she said.

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April 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Who’s graduating on time? In Everett, the rate keeps rising

The Everett school district used to have one of the worst on-time graduation rates in the Puget Sound area. But after a concerted effort over more than 10 years, the district has raised its on-time graduation rate from the low 50s in 2003 to more than 80 percent.

Last year, after a few years of stagnation, it saw another increase — from 81.8 percent in 2012, to 84.4 percent for the class of 2013.

gradratesThe district credits the rise with a renewed effort to examine, student by student, the problems and challenges that students encounter, said Jeannie Willard, the district’s on-time graduation coordinator. (How many school districts have a position like that?)

One new lesson: The district found that it helps to give students an immediate chance to catch up if they fail a class, not making them wait until the next semester, or summer school. Now, for example, teachers sometimes write contracts with students to finish missed work after a semester ends.

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