Are kids getting shortchanged by easier-to-earn diplomas?

A recent PBS Newshour questions the increase in high school graduation rates. Federal data shows that 81 percent of students finish on time, but NPR found reason to investigate further.

“Their reporting found that the value of a high school diploma can vary widely between, and even within, states. In just nine states and the District of Columbia, students must complete required classes to be considered ‘college-ready’ and to earn a diploma. Twenty-three states allow students to opt in, or out, of a more rigorous path to graduation. That leaves 18 states with requirements below what experts say students need for their next step in life,” according to the piece. The findings are alarming, and they raise questions about how prepared our Nation’s high school students are when they graduate.


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