State Approves New High School Graduation Requirements

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Students in Kentucky will have to pass exit exams before earning a high school diploma.

The state Board of Education approved the new minimum requirements.     They would require 10th graders to meet minimum competency standards in math and reading before graduating.   They can take the test multiple times.    Students will need to have 22 credits to graduate.  

The new requirements will impact freshman students who start in 2020.

Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis says the requirements will prepare high school students for college and careers.   

Some education groups are worried the tests could lead to higher drop-out rates.


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