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North Carolina Graduation Project. Eleanor Hasse Randy Senzig Peggy Sloan Sarah Yelton Environmental Education Forum Haw River State Park February 12, 2008. Session Objectives. Overview of NC Graduation Project. Develop Science Community Support for Graduation Projects.

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north carolina graduation project

North Carolina Graduation Project

Eleanor Hasse

Randy Senzig

Peggy Sloan

Sarah Yelton

Environmental Education Forum

Haw River State Park

February 12, 2008

session objectives
Session Objectives
  • Overview of NC Graduation Project.
  • Develop Science Community Support for Graduation Projects.
  • Encourage Science Graduation Projects
  • Share Graduation Project Ideas and Experiences
graduation project guide is available
Graduation Project Guide is available:
  • On the DPI NC Graduation Project Website at:

Password ________

  • Available from our Publications Office 1-800-663-1250

The NC Graduation Project is a performance-based exit assessment

Effective with the entering 2006-2007 ninth graders(this year’s sophomores)

  • NCGP is a school-wide responsibility
  • There is no set formula - it should be developed and owned by the entire school and community
    • Don’t let one discipline or group set policies that preclude great projects in other disciplines.
    • Build in safeguards
  • Allows students to apply practical, real-world skills

Four components

  • Research paper
  • Product
  • Portfolio
  • Oral presentation
      • Note: Students must complete all four
the paper
The Paper
  • Standard Style (MLA or APA)
  • Length: 8-10 pages not including titles, charts, and resources.
  • LEAs may differentiate for academic, honors, AP, IEPs, and/or ELL.
  • LEAs may set the minimum number and types of resources required. The LEA may require an interview.
  • Teacher advisor approves project at each step.
  • Processes monitored: topic selection, note taking, outlining, thesis development and working bibliography.
  • Plagiarism must be defined, discussed and prevented.
the product
The Product

tangible product

  • Students may produce a tangible product like a boat, wedding cake, container herb garden, quilt or computer game.
  • Students may conduct a service project such as raise money for a charity, plan and set up meals for a homeless shelter or organize a battle of the bands for a selected cause.
  • Students may conduct original research such as scientific investigations on a particular topic.
  • Should link to research topic and thesis
  • Should be adequately documented
    • Photographs, logs, letters, journal entries, video, etc
  • Should be evidence of the time and effort invested
  • Should not be dependent on the amount of money invested
  • Is a learning record of the
    • Process &
    • Progress
  • Sample Table of Contents (page 9-10 of guidebook)
  • If the school has the resources, students should be encouraged to collect work samples and artifacts electronically
oral presentation
Oral Presentation
  • Is a culmination of the NCGP
  • Should:
    • Demonstrate public speaking skills
    • Deliver accurate, credible information on the topic
what role can environmental educators play
What role can environmental educators play?
  • Serve as advisors.
  • Serve as mentors.
  • Contribute ideas and research needs to local schools.
  • Post ideas, needs for interns, future projects already planned, and research needs to a central web site/message board.
graduation project mentors
Graduation Project Mentors
  • Community or faculty member
  • Expertise in field
  • Willing to work with the student
  • 21 years of age or older
  • May not be a household member
  • Scrutinized for appropriateness
gp mentors
GP Mentors
  • Approved by parents and school
  • Allocate time and make arrangements to work with the student
  • Provide suggestions and advice
  • Serves as a support and resource
protecting yourself and students
Protecting Yourself and Students
  • Meet in public places at appropriate times.
  • Be sure research plan, project or product is safe.
  • Make sure project is do-able.
  • Communicate with student’s faculty advisor.
  • Keep up with paperwork.
  • Keep records of correspondence.
  • Make sure student is committed to the project before you invest huge effort.
review panel
Review Panel
  • Community or faculty members
  • Attend presentations
  • Participate in the evaluation of a student’s presentation and possibly other components.
science competitions
Science Competitions
  • Great way to prepare students for graduation projects and meet inquiry and technological design goals.
  • Science Fair
  • Science Olympiad
  • Student Academy of Science
  • Other Competitions
options for completing the ncgp
Options for Completing the NCGP
  • Service Learning
  • Advanced Placement
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Studies
  • Career and Technical Education
diverse learners
Diverse Learners

Considerations for:

  • Students with disabilities
  • LEP students

All students that must participate in statewide assessment ALSO have to pass all four components of the NCGP


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