The New York Times reports that, beginning in the fall of 2011, a pilot project in eight states will allow high school students to take new coursework that will allow them to obtain a diploma and enroll in community colleges two years early. In addition to completing the new coursework, the students must take and pass a battery of board exams in their sophomore year. Students that fail the exams may retake the exams in their junior and senior years.
Approximately 100 high schools will participate in the pilot project in the following states: Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The project stems from recommendations made in 2006 by the National Center on Education and the Economy and a panel of education and other policy experts. The project is modeled after high-performing education systems currently used in other countries. The organizers of the pilot project are hoping that its success will encourage the expansion of the project to high schools throughout the United States.
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