Kentucky OKs new minimum standards for high school diplomas

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – High school students in Kentucky will soon have to pass exit exams in math and reading before earning a high school diploma.

The Kentucky Board of Education approved new minimum high school graduation requirements on Wednesday. The proposal would require 10th grade students meet minimum competency standards in tests for math and reading before graduating. Students could take the test multiple times. If they still can’t pass, they can appeal to their local school superintendent.

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The proposal would require students have 22 credits to graduate. But it would eliminate algebra II as a required class.

Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis says the new requirements will help prepare the state’s students for college and careers. But some education groups are concerned about the tests, saying they could lead to higher drop-out rates.

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10/3/2018 11:35:48 AM (GMT -4:00)