Monticello School Board reviews changes in grad requirements

State government has decided to backtrack on its high school graduation requirements and focus its efforts on helping Minnesota students become a world-class workforce.

Monticello District 882 Curriculum Coordinator Linda Borgerding, gave school board members a summary of what the changes mean for students Monday night.

“There was discussion [in the state legislature] about all the testing that we do and the graduation requirements, and it was kind of decided that all the GRAD tests given weren’t necessarily predictive of success of our students in college,” Borgerding said, reminding the board that college can mean a technical college or a two-year college as well as the traditional four-year college.

Starting with this year’s high school freshmen, Borgerding said students will take their tests online-only. The tests will be adaptive, meaning questions will become more or less difficult as the test progresses, based on the individual’s performance.

Testing will become more focused on career and college assessments for students starting in grade eight.

Though Monticello already does this, all students in the state will begin taking a career and college assessment test along with their standard assessment test in eighth grade, which tests how students are doing on their standards in addition to a career survey that will be predictive of how well the student is likely to perform in college.

See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.