Evaluation of the graduation project will be based upon the four components listed above. Students must successfully complete each component of the graduation project to receive a high school diploma.
Successful graduation project programs at the local level are developed and owned by the entire school and community. There is no one size fits all format for implementation. However, there should be clear evidence of the following framework essentials:
Because of the multifaceted, multidisciplinary nature of the graduation project, it is not intended to be housed within one classroom or content area. Although the project culminates in the graduating year, it is benchmarked throughout a student's middle school and secondary school experience, necessitating involvement from the entire program faculty. Graduation project program guidelines should allow for flexibility and input from various stakeholders. Guidelines should provide the opportunity to foster student-teacher relationships, nurture the exploration of new ideas, and encourage student-centered, lifelong learning.
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