Kentucky approves new minimum high school graduation rules

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Update, Wednesday
The Kentucky Board of Education has approved new minimum high school graduation requirements.

The new standards will require students to show basic competency in reading and math and fulfill one of seven "qualifiers" designed to help prepare them for a career or to pursue a degree at a college or university.

The requirements would be phased in, beginning with the graduating class of 2023.

The math and reading requirement can be fulfilled by meeting minimum standards on tests taken in the eighth or 10th grade or by presenting a portfolio of work demonstrating they have met the standard. The qualifiers include several options, including meeting one of two benchmark scores in reading and math on college entrance or placement exams.

Original Story, Monday
Kentucky's education commissioner has changed a proposal for new high school graduation requirements after getting feedback from districts.

Wayne Lewis said Monday students will still have to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading and math. But students will not be required to meet standards showing they are ready for college or a career. Instead, the state will require students to meet one of seven "qualifiers" that are not as strict as the previous proposal.

Lewis called the revised proposal a "step back" but said it was necessary because some districts would not have the ability to offer students all of the ways to meet the requirements.

The state Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the new requirements on Wednesday.

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