Texas High School Postpones Graduation After 85% of Seniors Fail to Earn Diploma

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A high school in Texas was forced to postpone its graduation due to the majority of the seniors not meeting graduation requirements, reports NY Post

Marlin High School located near Waco, Texas has a total of 33 seniors. According to the outlet only 5 out of the 33 students passed their classes and are eligible to graduate. The other 28 have been struggling with grades or attendance, KWTX-TV reported.

The school announced on Facebook that it plans to postpone commencement till June to give students enough time to qualify.

“Our commitment to excellence remains unshaken,”

Superintendent Darryl Henson said in the statement.

“We hold firm to our belief that every student in Marlin ISD can and will achieve their potential.”

Henson also wrote a statement to Twitter addressing the future of the institution.

“Let this be a lesson learned for all. As we continue to go through our annual graduation audit, it’s our obligation to ensure that all students have met all requirements. Support, accountability, & integrity will remain at the forefront,”

she said.

“Our district will grow from this setback,”

Henson added.

Recently the school implemented a four-day school week to cut down on absences.

“Our shift to a four-day school week is part of our effort to increase bell-to-bell instruction, increase student engagement during days school is in session, and keep absences from infringing on instructional time,”

Nikisha Edwards, Chief Academic Officer, said in the statement.

“We are committed to ensuring these strategic shifts benefit students as intended.”

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