NJ revises H.S. graduation requirements

February 19, 2009 6:01:03 AM PST
The State Board of Education has proposed new graduation requirement guidelines. Under the proposal revealed Wednesday night, students will need:

- Four years of language arts;
- Three years of math, science, social studies;
- One year of career education, art, and a foreign language class;
- A half-year of financial, economic and entrepreneurial literacy;
- And yearly physical education classes.

Some parents protested the plan, saying more needs to be done to be sure teachers are trained and schools are properly equipped.

The plan raises to 120 the required number of credits to graduate; 110 credits were previously needed. Schools can add their own requirements, and most average 140 required credits.

Stan Karp of the Education Law Center's Secondary Reform Project says the plan imposes new mandates but does little to help schools reach them.

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