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High Schools to Graduate Sophomores

It's part of a European-style experiment to improve education
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2010 11:17 AM CST
High Schools to Graduate Sophomores
A high school graduate.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – About 100 high schools in 8 states will soon embark on a European experiment that could have students going off to community college after 10th grade. Sophomores who pass a battery of board examinations would be free to graduate early, or stay to prepare for application for more selective universities.

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“We’ve been tied to seat time for 100 years,” Kentucky's education commissioner tells the New York Times. “This would allow an approach based on subject mastery—a system based around move-on-when-ready.” The program will launch in 2011 in Kentucky as well as Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Read more Advanced Placement test stories.)

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