HONOLULU (AP) — A Board of Education committee is calling for tougher high school graduation standards for Hawaii's public school students.
The new requirements would include taking algebra 2 or an equivalent math course and completing a senior project. Any changes in the standards approved this fall would go into effect beginning with students graduating in 2018.
The so-called "college and career ready" diploma is part of a nationwide effort to ensure public school students remain competitive and are more prepared for the work force or higher education after graduation.
The Committee on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support advanced the proposal Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. Some members are concerned over how to pay for the initiative.
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