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Our Graduation (or Senior) Project stems from a state initiative out of
our Governor's office and a commission he established called the NC
Education Standards and Accountability Commission working with
Performance-Based Assessment. This commission has worked closely with
an organization called CLASS, Grant Wiggens and Everett Kline, of
Princeton, in designing these performance-based tasks. The arts have
been involved in this process thanks to the work of the NC Alliance for
Arts Education, with financial support from the NC Arts Council. We are
currently in a piloting stage with authentic assessment tasks K-12
within various disciplines.
The Graduation project is seen as the culminating authentic or
performance-based assessment in alignment with Goals 2000. Regarding
the GP- Students will need to:
1. Design and complete a significant project
2. Prepare a thorough research to support their project, and write a
3. Defend their project with an individualized panel of adult experts,
respective to their field or the project they have designed.
(Each student will have a teacher mentor....this can be within or away
from their school site)
I believe the NC Ed. Standards and Accountability Commission is in
the process of building a website where some of these tasks and
assessment projects can be posted for sharing. When I know the URL I
can let you know.
Betti, I would like to be kept abreast of your progress with "Graduation
Project". The school at which I taught for the previous three years employed
graduation through exhibition. I loved what it did for the students. I am
currently in a NEW school. We only have through tenth grade and will not
graduate a class for two years. I know that graduation through exhibition is
on the agenda for this school and intend to begin working with my students
now to help them be ready. We will be working to get our majors ready as well
as this graduation program. So I would really like to have a blow by blow
account from you, if possible. You're gonna love it.