Achieve, Inc. agrees: Florida’s high school graduation options are college-ready, career-ready, and none of the above

H/T Ed Week’s College Bound blog

I argued back in June that Florida’s three new high school graduation options are college-ready (the “Scholar” track), career-ready (the “Merit” track) and none of the above (the new standard diploma).

It turns out it’s not just me.

Today, Achieve – the arm of the National Governors Association that led the writing of the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards – released a report on how states are incorporating college- and career-readiness into their standards and high school graduation requirements.

The verdict on Florida?  Because Florida does not require Algebra 2 or the equivalent for the standard high school diploma, that standard diploma is not “CCR” – their abbreviation for college/career-ready.

Furthermore, the report says,

An additional seven states (California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Virginia) offer other diplomas or courses of study that are at the CCR level, but students must opt into them; these states’ default graduation course requirements are below the CCR level. While it is commendable for these states to offer these options, the fact that students must opt into them likely means that fewer will, and it may be more challenging for all schools to offer courses the state does not require for all students. At a minimum, states should track and make publicly available the participation rates for each of their diplomas, being sure to include data on minority and low-income students. “Opt-in” CCR diploma policies can provide a good stepping stone to mandatory or default diplomas.

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