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Guiding Principles for High School Graduation Guidelines


Although still in draft form, there are three guiding principles that provide the foundation for the state’s high school graduation guidelines:

  • Create a meaningful high school diploma:
    Students should demonstrate that they have met minimum exit criteria signaling that they are prepared to: be a responsible citizen, enter postsecondary education or military service without need for remediation, and be a productive entry-level employee.
  • Student ownership:
    Students should have early access to information about their education, be encouraged to take rigorous coursework, and understand how the coursework and experiences they select to participate in have implications for their career goals.
  • Flexibility:
    Students should have multiple, equally rigorous pathways to meaningful post secondary education and careers.


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