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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tougher NJ high school graduation requirements approved

From today's Bergen Record:

New Jersey high school students will have to pass tougher classes to earn a diploma under new statewide graduation requirements unanimously approved Wednesday by the state Board of Education.

The new requirements focus on technology, communication and problem-solving skills, and were developed by educators, business leaders and university officials. They include more lab sciences and high-level math, a four-year sequence of English classes, and exams at the end of key courses to make sure students have mastered the skills they’ll need in college or on the job.

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Three years of math: algebra I, geometry and a third year of math that includes some advanced algebra and statistics

English I-IV

Three years of lab science: biology, a choice of chemistry, physics or environmental science, and a third year of science

One semester of economics or financial literacy

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