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June 18, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Seattle joins school districts dropping senior projects

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Michael Osbun / Op Art

As high-school graduations wrap up this month, a six-year tradition is ending in some school districts: the senior project.

Seattle Public Schools appears to be one of the first to drop the projects after state legislators voted last spring to stop requiring all students to complete one to earn their high-school diplomas.

In a letter to principals a few weeks ago, district leaders said individual Seattle high schools could continue to require the projects if they wished but the district wasn’t going to.

A spokeswoman said it’s too early to know if any schools will keep it.

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Comments | More in News | Topics: Edmonds School District, Seattle Public Schools, senior project

April 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Senior projects: Worthwhile or a waste of time?

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Gov. Jay Inslee is set to sign a bill next week that would change a state law requiring high-school students to complete senior projects prior to graduation.

The measure originated after lobbying from Yakima-area state Rep. David Taylor and his 17-year-old stepdaughter Tiffany Stewart, who decided to do her senior project on the topic of ending senior projects.

The change was passed as an amendment inside another bill. It would make senior projects an optional graduation requirement for school districts.

Stewart argued senior projects take up a lot of class time and that some students do the bare minimum, baking cupcakes or making quilts to meet the requirement.

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Comments | More in Poll, Your voices | Topics: graduation, high school, senior project