Comments sought on graduation requirements

"Parents, students and residents served by the Federal Way school district can give feedback and ideas on new graduation requirements being considered.District officials will host a series of public forums scheduled for Jan. 18, 25 and Feb. 1 on the new requirements.Specific changes being considered are:* End of course assessments. To earn credit for the class and move to the next level, students must pass a district-approved assessment in language arts, math, social studies and probably science classes.* Algebra 1 and Geometry 1 required. In addition to general math credits, Algebra 1 and Geometry 1 will be required to graduate.If approved, the new graduation requirements will take effect in the 2002-2003 school year, which will affect this year's current group of fifth-graders. District spokeswoman Diane Turner said the district is trying to encourage as many participants as possible to attend the forums.This is where parents can give their feedback, she said. Anyone who has interest in education and kids are invited.Turner also said the information and community feedback will be sent to the Federal Way school board for their consideration before a decision is made.The district has already implemented other graduation requirements. Beginning with the class of 2000, for example students must have a total of 23.5 high school credits, an increase of one over the past years. Students must also pass their classes with a C- or better. "

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