Citing a statistic that 54 percent of high school graduates in Washington state are not prepared for college, the state Board of Education took action to implement new requirements.
Beginning with the class of 2016, graduates will be required to earn four credits in English/language arts instead of three, and social studies requirements will increase from 2.5 to three credits.
In addition, there will be a “two-for-one” policy established to allow students taking a career and technical education equivalent course to satisfy two graduation requirements while earning one credit.
Meanwhile, elective requirements will be lowered from 5.5 to four credits, keeping graduation requirements at 20 credits overall.
Locally, school districts are reacting to the plan, which includes a waiver option to postpone implementation of the English and social studies requirements for two years.