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October 21, 2014

New York State Approves Career-Focused Graduation Pathways

Students in New York state will soon have the option to replace one of the history exams now required for graduation with a career-focused art or science exam.

September 16, 2014

New York May Ease Test Requirements for Graduation

The state Board of Regents considers letting students swap one of the social studies exams for a test in career-technical education or the arts.

August 05, 2014

ACT: Better Preparation, Not Just More Courses, Is Key to STEM Readiness

A new study finds that boosting high school graduation requirements, alone, will not improve student outcomes.

July 09, 2014

California District Adopts Ethnic-Studies Requirement

Students in a small district near Los Angeles will soon be required to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate—a requirement some California legislators are hoping districts will adopt statewide.

June 04, 2014

Rural Students Less Likely to Take Core Sciences in High School, Report Says

A new federal report found that fewer graduates of rural schools completed a sequence of science courses than graduates of non-rural schools.

February 21, 2014

Mississippi Considers Requiring Minimum ACT Score for Graduation

Mississippi is considering using the ACT college test as the high school exit exam for students in public schools, reports the Associated Press—something no other state has done.

January 17, 2014

More States Dumping the GED, Choosing Alternative Tests

New Hampshire opts for a new high school equivalency test designed by ETS, joining a list of nine other states doing likewise.

November 13, 2013

Wisconsin Bill Aims to Beef Up Math, Science Requirements

A measure approved this week by the Wisconsin Senate would require all high school students to complete more math and science credits to graduate.

September 13, 2013

California Changes Spark Confusion About High School Testing

As California plans a shift to Smarter Balanced field tests, high school educators are unclear about which tests from the old system will remain in place, causing confusion as the year begins.

August 19, 2013

Idaho STEM Plan Aims to Beef Up Engineering, Computer Science Credit

Idaho officials are advancing a plan to award students a math or science credit for completing computer science and engineering courses.

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