The Graduation Project is now off the table for Wake County high school students.
Last month, the Wake school board agreed not to go ahead with a separate district Graduation Project. Instead, board members told staff to make sure that the elements of the Graduation Project, such as the research requirement, are embedded elsewhere in the curriculum.
Some Wake high school students had gotten nervous after the school board began talking about making the Graduation Project a local requirement once it was dropped as a state requirement.
For now, the Graduation Project can't be made a statewide requirement before the Class of 2015. Individual districts can move ahead on their own.
Back in April, the Wake school board agreed not to make the Graduation Project a requirement for the Class of 2010. But board members talked then about putting students on notice that they should expect it for the Class of 2011.
In June, the tone shifted when board members agreed not to recommend making the Graduation Project a requirement for the Class of 2011 because of the cost of implementation. The delay for the Class of 2011 and beyond became official last month.