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Superintendent forms task force to study the 12th grade

Superintendent forms task force to study the 12th grade

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State Superintendent Larry Shumway has formed a superintendent's task force to look at the 12th grade in Utah.

Shumway wants to have policy recommendations this summer about how to make sure the 12th grade is more purposeful -- and to make sure high school graduates are ready for college or the workforce.

"I don't hear anyone saying that our students are over-prepared," he said.

Shumway says the task force will include parents, high school counselors, principals, teachers and students.

"Schools need to make systemic adjustments to ensure that we expect high performance and a rigor in the 12th grade," he said.

But Shumway says this is not a one-way street. He explained, "When someone has said, ‘My child wasted their 12th grade year,' my answer has been, ‘We in the schools need to take responsibility for that, but shame on you as a parent. Shame on your child for wasting taxpayer dollars.' We need students and parents on board for our work in the schools to be effective."

Shumway says the conversation on the Hill about eliminating the 12th grade is like a wake-up call, but these things like graduation requirements have been talked about by the State Board of Education for years.


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