Hawaiia is raising graduation requirements, starting with the class of 2018, but also creating a dual-track system: Students will be able to opt for a less demanding diploma, the state board of education has decided. (The whole state is one school district.)
The “college and career ready” diploma will require students to complete two lab sciences, algebra 2 or an equivalent math course and a senior project.
Another track is designed for students who may not be interested in higher-level math or lab science, and so requires fewer math courses but still mandates that students take algebra 1 and biology to graduate.
Hawaii’s public schools are not very good, notes the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The state superintendent pledges to start working in elementary school to prepare students for higher graduation standards.