Only 15% of high school graduates in Texas are eligible for a high school diploma - the rest did not pass exams or did not attend classes
A school in Marlin, Texas has postponed its graduation ceremony until June to give students more time to complete their graduation requirements. The edition told in more detail CBS News.
Of the 28 high school students at Marlin High School, 33 failed graduation requirements—attendance and grades were to blame. It turns out that only 5 students, or 15%, are eligible for graduation.
“The district has reaffirmed its commitment to providing the necessary resources and support to students. And the new release date is seen as a testament to that commitment,” the Marlin Independent School District said in a press release.
The district said the study found that "regular school attendance is a powerful predictor of student achievement." District Director of Academic Affairs Nikisha Edwards said they recently moved to a four-day week to increase learning and student engagement on school days while reducing absenteeism.
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Meanwhile, Superintendent Darryl Henson said "the school's commitment to excellence remains unwavering."
“We firmly believe that every Marlin student can and will fulfill their potential,” he stressed. "Students will be held to the same high standards as any other student in Texas."
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