Alabama looks to change high school graduation requirements

Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 8:18 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama Department of Education is looking to update its high school graduation requirements.

The new requirements would ensure students are ready for their next step, whether that is higher education or going straight into the work force.

“We’re very excited about all students being successful in life. And in that could be going to a four-year college, going to a two-year college, going to a technical program, but it could be going straight to work,” said State Superintendent Eric Mackey.

Students would need to either show a qualifying score from one of various standardized tests, take an AP or college credit course, have a technical credential or acceptance into the military.

If passed, the class of 2028 will be the first class that will need to meet the requirement. Superintendent Mackey said this gives the state time to increase opportunities for students.

“We have some communities that have more money and more facilities where say they can offer 40 or 50 programs and then another county may offer four or five programs.”

The board will vote next month on the changes. If passed, there will be a 45-day public comment period before the final vote in November.


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