Changes to Kentucky’s graduation requirements might mean more students are considered prepared to graduate.
At Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting, the board approved the new requirements proposed by Education Commissioner Dr. Wayne Lewis.
Instead of test scores proving a student is prepared to graduate, students can now choose one of seven “Graduation Qualifiers.”
Those include industry certifications or work experience.
The second major change is that math and reading competency can be demonstrated differently, again state assessments aren’t all that will count. Instead, a collection of evidence can be submitted.
The collection could include any work demonstrating a student’s understanding, and could include their post-graduation plans.
The changes are a compromise, a step back from what Dr. Lewis initially proposed.