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Summit Schools to begin seeking graduation input

Janice Kurbjun
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Summit School District parents and community members will soon be called upon to provide input on the skills students will need to be successful after graduation.

“Blueprint for Education,” as the initiative is known, is the implementation of House Bill 1118, signed into law in 2007. It requires all school boards in Colorado to conduct a community-based process to develop the set of desired skills that could be integrated into local high school graduation requirements along with state-issued guidelines that are expected to be released this winter. The new guidelines will be applicable to students enrolling in ninth grade beginning in the 2012-13 school year.

The law’s timeline for completion has been adjusted twice, once in 2008 and again in 2010, but now it’s time for school boards to begin the process.

Summit School District superintendent Heidi Pace said board members could wait until the spring semester to begin work (and wait to see if the state makes changes to what’s already in place), but advised against it due to the time-consuming nature of the work.

“We could be better informed once the state board release information,” Pace said about waiting to start work until the December guidelines are released, “but then there would be so much work to do.”

A timeline for the public forums hasn’t been set.

Two years ago, a graduation work group met for the entire school year and made graduation requirement recommendations that were accepted by the Summit School District Board of Education, said Summit High School principal Drew Adkins.

Those changes included requiring two years of foreign language and four years of math as well as integrating applied arts and technology.

After making recent modifications to graduation requirements, board members are left wondering if anything needs changing. Much of that will depend on what comes out in December.

“Maybe we need to change (the requirements), maybe not,” Boardmember Erin Young said at a recent board meeting. “Either way, the public forums will put us in a good spot – especially if we do need to change them.”

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