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Graduation Changes Should Give More Tools To Schools

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The Wyoming Board of Education has changed a number of graduation requirements for Wyoming high school students. One change will allow students to prove they are competent in a subject without receiving a traditional grade.

Another will tweak the requirement for how long a student must be in a classroom, which is known as seat time. State Board member Sue Belish said that takes into account new ways of learning. 

“A number of our students, especially at the high school level, are taking online classes. And there is not a particular amount of seat time involved in online courses. You demonstrate your mastery, your competency, you can go quickly or take additional time and so we needed to have some flexibility.”

Belish added they will also allow students in middle school meet some of their high school requirements. The changes must be approved by the governor.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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