Education Comissioner Reconsiders Graduation Changes

Dec 4, 2018


Under Commissioner Wayne Lewis’ original proposal, students would have to prove they are, quote, “transition ready” by meeting benchmark test scores on college entrance exams, getting on-the-job experience or passing college-level courses. 
They would also have to pass basic reading and math tests before they can graduate or have a portfolio approved by the local superintendent. After receiving criticism from teachers and education advocates during a public hearing last week, Lewis revised the proposal to add more options for students to show they are career or college ready. “It is a step back, to be frank. The concern from the field was that the step forward we were proposing was too big a step.” Lewis says he made the changes because some school districts, especially rural ones, don't have as many resources available for students to meet the proposed standards.