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New grad requirements for Stevenson

Requirements to be discussed on Feb. 23

Parents of Stevenson-Carson eighth graders, as well as parents with children in lower grades, are invited to hear about the new state high school graduation requirements, Monday, Feb. 23, at Wind River Middle School.

The evening will begin with a spaghetti dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by a formal presentation and question/answer session at 7 p.m.

Under new state of Washington education accountability guidelines, all students, beginning with the class of 2008, will have to meet four minimum standards in order to gain a high school diploma. The elements include accumulating the required number of high school credits, passing all four content areas of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) tests in the tenth grade, completing a senior challenge (or as already required by the Stevenson-Carson District, a Senior Challenge Project) and filing a high school and beyond five-year plan.

Details of all the requirements will be presented by Stevenson High School principal Brian Howe. SHS Senior Challenge advisor Sally Dudley will explain the culminating project and SHS counselors Heather Hoffberger and Bob McBride will talk about the five-year plan.

The presentation is especially relevant for parents of all current fifth through eighth graders.

In addition, parents will receive materials outlining the requirements, helpful tips for both parents and students as they take the series of WASL tests and enter high school, as well as a sheet of frequently asked questions about the state's education accountability plans.

Parents, students and interested community members (including those with children in Skamania and Mill A districts) are invited to attend.

Materials and handouts from the presentation will also be available by calling Wind River Middle School at 427-8952, or at


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