For all you students and parents fretting the North Carolina's new High School Graduation Project requirement (HSGP), fear not. Seems support for the new requirement is waning — some of it the product of a facebook campaign by high schoolers, but that's another story. Last month, the State Board of Education delayed HSGP's implementation by at least one year. Yesterday the House Education Committeee approved legislation (HB 223) to delay implementation until 2011 and require a legislative program and evaluation division study to assess HSGP's cost and effectiveness.
The state board says the projects allow students to demonstrate skills they'll need in the working world: writing, producing a product, and speaking in public. Aren't those precisely the skills other courses are suppose to be developing?