WPR News
9:09 pm
Tue December 21, 2004

State Senator Worries About 3-Tier Vote

Rock Springs, Wyoming – A State Senator disagrees with a decision by the Joint Education Committee to do away with Wyoming's three tier endorsement on its high school diploma's. Rae Lynn Job of Rock Springs says the three-tier system was approved as a compromise because there was tremendous fear that many high school students would not be able to graduate under new state graduation standards. The requirement is that students must show proficiency in nine content areas. Job says the third tier allows students to graduate by being proficient in five of nine areas. She says the provision was put in place to benefit special needs students. But if the vote by the Education committee is upheld Job thinks there could be some unintended consequences, in that students may be required by law to pass all nine content areas. She fears that could keep more students from getting diplomas.