FL bill proposes “alternative pathways” for high school diploma

Senator Bill Montford (D) has filed SB 788, which would create “alternative pathways” to earn a standard high school diploma. The legislation would allow certain students who completed the minimum high school graduation course credit requirements, but did not pass the standardized test(s) for Algebra I and language arts, to satisfy the graduation requirements by earning an “industry-recognized credential or certification approved by the State Board of Education.” This includes passing associated assessments or demonstrating mastery of the course material with a portfolio of the student’s work “containing quantifiable evidence of such mastery.” An identical bill (HB 311) has been filed in the Florida House by Representative Ralph Massullo, M.D. (R).

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