Under the new proposal, students would have to choose one of seven options to show they are ready for work or higher education, including completing a pre-college curriculum, industry certification, dual-credit course, career pathway course or 500 hours of work experience. Other options include receiving a benchmark score on certain tests or an industry certification.
The Kentucky Board of Education has approved new high school graduation requirements, mandating students demonstrate competency in basic math and reading, and complete benchmarks intended to show they are ready for work or college before they can graduate.
The legislature still has to sign off on the policy.
Most of the new requirements will go into effect for freshmen starting high school next fall and the full policy will take effect for subsequent classes.