Kansas high school graduation requirements could be more flexible

A task force charged with evaluating Kansas’ graduation requirements sees an opportunity to increase flexibility for the state’s high school students.

The Kansas State Board of Education’s Graduation Requirements Task Force on Tuesday briefed the board on the past year of its work.

The task force, co-chaired by board member Jim McNiece and Basehor-Linwood High School principal Jarred Fuhrman, told the state board it still needed a few more months to develop specific recommendations for the board to take up at a future meeting.

However, preliminary recommendations from the group would give students broader latitude in picking how classes count toward the state’s credit hour requirement, while also requiring students to pick up experiences outside the classroom to supplement their high school transcripts.

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