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Graduation Requirements Task Force

Opportunity for Input:  As the work of the Graduation Requirements Task Force narrows toward a more concrete, operational product for student success, input from stakeholders becomes a vital part of the process.

The Task Force was established in June 2021 to complete a comprehensive evaluation of Kansas high school graduation requirements in order to better meet the needs of students in the 21st century and reach the State Board's vision to lead the world in the success of each student. Jim McNiece, State Board Member, and Jarred Fuhrman, Principal at Basehor-Linwood High School, co-chair the Task Force.

Meetings will primarily be conducted virtually. Agendas and meeting materials are posted below.

Meeting Date Agenda & Materials Post-Meeting  Summary Livestream Link / Recording
June 24, 2021  Agenda |  Materials | Fact Sheet June 24 Summary
July 8, 2021  Agenda |  Materials  July 8 Summary

July 22, 2021  Agenda |  Materials - PPT_1 |  Materials - PPT_2

 July 22 Summary

Sept. 2, 2021

 Agenda |  Materials  Sept. 2 Summary

Sept. 16, 2021

 Agenda |  Materials

 Sept. 16 Summary

Sept. 30, 2021 Agenda | Materials - MVA PPT | Materials - Resources  Sept. 30 Summary

Oct. 7, 2021 Agenda  Oct. 7 Summary

Oct. 28, 2021 Agenda Oct. 28 Summary
Nov. 18, 2021 Agenda Nov. 18 Summary

Dec. 2, 2021 Agenda Dec. 2 Summary

Dec. 16, 2021 Agenda Dec. 16 Summary
Jan. 20, 2022 Cancelled    
Feb. 3, 2022 Agenda Feb. 3 Summary
Feb. 17, 2022 Cancelled    
March 3, 2022 Agenda | Meeting Materials March 3 Summary (Attachments incl.) No streaming 
March 31, 2022 Agenda | Materials - KAEA PPT March 31 Summary No streaming.
April 14, 2022 No agenda. Leadership preparations for 4-28. Finalized content No streaming
April 28, 2022 Cancelled   No streaming
May 10, 2022 | Rpt. to State Bd      
May 12, 2022 | wrap up      


New Graduation Requirements FAQ (As of April 9, 2024)

New Graduation Requirements Presentation (PPT)

Graduation and Dropouts

High School Graduation Resources

Dropout and Dropout Prevention Resources

Dropout Graduation Summary Report (DGSR) Web Page Link

Graduation and Dropout Presentations       

Graduation and Dropout Data

Graduation and Dropout Regulations and Statutes




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David Fernkopf
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