Calexico axes senior project

June 28, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The Calexico Unified School District board of education will not require Calexico High School seniors to complete a senior project as a graduation requirement.

The board voted unanimously to do away with the senior project requirement on the recommendation of the high school's English/language arts department.

The department said high schoolers throughout the state will have enough on their plates trying to pass the California High School Exit Exam, which becomes a graduation requirement in 2004.


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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