To allow ineligible students more time to meet graduation requirements, a high school in Marlin, Texas, postponed its commencement ceremony to June.
Eighty-four percent of all 33 seniors at Marlin High School did not meet the state’s graduation requirements, and insufficient grade point averages and attendance are to blame, according to CBS affiliate KWTX.
“The district has affirmed its commitment to providing necessary resources and support to students, and the new graduation date is seen as a testament to this commitment,” The Marlin Independent School District stated in a recent press release.
The district added that research shows “regular school attendance is a powerful predictor of student success.” Considering this data, they recently converted to a four-day week in an attempt to strengthen student engagement, while reducing absences, according to Nikisha Edwards, district Chief Academic Officer.
Furthermore, Superintendent Darryl Henson declared that the school’s “commitment to excellence remains unshaken.”
“We hold firm to our belief that every student in Marlin ISD can and will achieve their potential,” he said. “Students will be held to the same high standard as any other student in Texas.”
There was a mandatory meeting on Wednesday for parents and guardians of 12th grade students.