State Board of Education sets up new high school graduation requirements

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DENVER — The state board of education Wednesday voted to set up new requirements for students to graduate from high school.

Traditionally, students spend “seat time” in the classrooms and accumulate enough credits to graduate.

But educators say it’s become painfully clear too many Colorado high school graduates are not adequately prepared for going to college, entering the military or the work force.

The new standards will require students to demonstrate competency in English, math, science and social studies. There will be a variety of options, including standardized tests and ACT and AP scores.

Critics say the board did not allow for enough local input.  The new requirements will be phased in over the next seven years.