Shadyside Local School District Superintendent John Haswell called a meeting Wednesday with parents to talk with them about the new graduation requirement changes.
Superintendent Haswell isn’t happy with the new changes and made it clear at today’s meeting, at one point stating the problem being that 40 to 50 percent of Ohio’s population of kids are behind in graduation points putting them in jeopardy.
“My point here tonight was to bring parents together, educate them on what’s going on, give them the data so they can see how poorly the kids have done on this, and then ask them to reach out to the people who can change this system,” Haswell told 7News.
The new diploma requirements involve seven end-of-course tests throughout high school where students have to receive 18 points in order to graduate. The students receive these points based off the grades they get on the tests ranging from 5 if they ace it to 1 point for an F. Parents agree with Haswell that this is a flawed system.
Ben Hesleb has two sons that will be effected by the new diploma criteria, and believes this is hurting their education more than helping, “Don’t feel that the testing is following the curriculum exactly, and that’s why our kids are having a hard time passing the tests.”
The end of course tests involve math, history, science and english classes. Students who are graduating in 2016-17 aren’t going to be affected by these new diploma requirements. The Class of 2018 will be the first group the 18-point criteria is effecting then will continue from there. If you’d like more information on the changes visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website.