According to the department's written proposal, "Although many of our students may pass the (exit exam) the first time with no problem, many others will be facing it their senior year, and the senior project might be justly viewed as just another burden."
Scott Buxbaum, assistant to the district superintendent, said some district board members and teachers tried to figure out ways to save the senior project or modify it.
After the discussion ended, however, the board voted unanimously to adopt the proposal of the English/language arts department.
Buxbaum said the board tried to save the senior project because it has been declared a success in a number of venues and it has been used as a model for programs at other schools, such as Brawley Union High School.
The senior project was implemented in 1993 in an effort to raise standards at Calexico High.
Educators said the project no longer is necessary because "rigorous standards are set by the state and the challenge is for every student to meet or exceed them."
In addition, the project may not have been tightly focused on the "real needs" of Calexico's students.
"We find ourselves more concerned with teaching literacy than teaching research skills," the department wrote.
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