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Curriculum Council discusses changing graduation requirements
The regional Curriculum Council met for the first time this school year on Oct. 10, 2019, at C.E.S. to talk about options for high school graduation requirements, which change with the high school graduating class of 2023. Representatives from districts in the C.E.S. region listened to speakers from the state Department of Education and worked in groups to brainstorm new ways to think about offering credits and some of the challenges. The new requirements for the Class of 2023 take away much of the specificity that was included in past legislation, maintain the total number of credits required to graduate at 25, and encourage districts to provide a more flexible and student-centered approach to learning. The law provides for more student choice in course selection as well as multiple pathways to demonstrate content mastery. Taking part in today’s session were Melissa Hickey, the Reading and Literacy Director for the state Department of Education; Chris Todd, Bureau Chief for the Department of Education’s Talent Office; and Ajit Gopalakrishnan, Chief Performance Officer for the Department of Education.