Mississippi Considering Alternative Diploma Paths

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Jackson, Miss. Mississippi education officials are considering seven alternate paths to a diploma for students who fail one or more high school exit exams.

The state Board of Education agreed Oct. 18 seek public comment on the plan. It has drawn questions because it could allow students to graduate without showing proficiency in science or U.S. history.

Among alternatives would be scores from the ACT college test, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams; the test that the U.S. military gives to recruits; and two routes aimed at students taking career courses.

National reports show Mississippi will offer more options than most other states.

Seniors could use the alternatives as soon as this year if the board approves them. Students would still have to take all four tests before being allowed to go another way.