Texas overhauls high school graduation requirements

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Monday, February 3, 2014

State Board of Education members on Friday approved sweeping changes in high school graduation requirements, giving students more flexibility in their studies and laying out the coursework for five alternative pathways to graduation.

The new requirements, which will be effective for incoming ninth graders this fall, were mandated under a law approved by the Legislature last year that scaled back high school testing and overhauled graduation rules.

Sponsors of the law said their aim was to maintain rigorous standards that prepare some students for college while allowing others not interested in college to acquire career or technical skills necessary for employment after graduation.

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