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Hot topic in education: Graduation guidelines lack clarity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

Colorado’s minimum state high school graduation guidelines, which were adopted by the State Board of Education last April, are causing much frustration for school districts across the state due to the lack of clarity.

Holyoke school board members have been updated regularly by Superintendent Bret Miles and also attended a breakout session on the topic at the recent Colorado Association of School Board’s annual convention.

Miles presented the issue as a hot topic at the Dec. 11 local school board meeting, and board members weighed in with their concerns as well.

Despite numerous meetings, reports and conference sessions, there is still a great deal of unresolved information about graduation guidelines, said Miles.

He emphasized that the lack of clarity is frustrating in terms of planning complex policy changes, but at the same time could be an opportunity to influence the process and maintain some local control in what could be the district’s most important policy.

Sharing the history of the guidelines, Miles explained that Senate Bill 212 was passed in 2008 and the preschool to postsecondary education alignment act was given the name “Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids.”

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Holyoke Enterprise December 19, 2013