An article in Monday's New York Times reports that "less than half of students in the state are leaving high school prepared for college and well-paying careers." These figures may lend support to a proposal last December to the New York State Board of Regents' College and Career Readiness Working Group, regarding a potential revision of high school graduation requirements to enhance student readiness for post-high school expectations.
The proposal, in fact, identifies several policy options that have been weighed in other states:
"A. Increase graduation requirements
B. Allow increased flexibility in the ways students can meet requirements
C. Offer alternative or supplemental credentials
D. Rethink the “safety net” for students with disabilities"
It will be interesting to see what the board of regents ultimately decides, and if their actions will influence policy thinking in other states.