There are forces that require Washington State students to complete a Culminating Exhibition (see below) but, beyond that, the best reason is: it makes sense!
The world is rapidly changing and it’s important to be agile and adapt to the changes necessary to prepare students to be successful in a world that has become global and increasingly complex.
The Everett Public Schools takes its mission seriously and cares for its students. The new Culminating Exhibition provides students with the opportunity to invest time, effort and energy in an individualized, post-secondary school plan that is meaningful to THEM. Combined with the use of Web 2.0 tools, 21st Century skill building, and nationally recognized career and technical curriculum, the Everett Public Schools–along with its staff, students and supportive community, continues its tradition of excellence.
Everett Public Schools
STRATEGIC PRIORITY: 1. Teaching and Learning
Align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to educate, inspire, and prepare each student to graduate, to contribute to our community, and thrive in a global society.
STRATEGIC GOAL: 1.1 Each student graduates from high school ready for college and career with 21st Century Skills.
1.1a 100% of students graduate
1.1b All graduates exit with a post-secondary plan for work, career, and/or college
1.1c All students know how to make informed choices abour their health and fitness
1.1d Graduation requirements integrate 21st Century Skills
STRATEGIC GOAL: 1.2 Each Student has equitable access to rigorous curriculum content with common learning outcomes and assessments
1.2a Each student has equitable access to courses across the district
1.2b Increased rigor is developed throughout the curriculum and rigorous course offerings are provided equitably across schools
1.2c Common content and outcomes are provided across all like classes
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Mission Statement: Preparing Washington Students to Live, Learn, and Work As Productive Citizens in the 21st Century
Washington State Legislative Actions (State Law)
- WAC 180-51-061 Minimum requirements for high school graduation
(i) Each student shall complete a culminating project for graduation. The project shall consist of the student demonstrating both their learning competencies and preparations related to learning goals three and four. Each district shall define the process to implement this graduation requirement, including assessment criteria, in written district policy.
(j) Each student shall have a high school and beyond plan for their high school experience, including what they expect to do the year following graduation.