New graduation requirements for Kentucky high school students approved


Changes are coming for future Kentucky high school graduates.

The state board of education approved new requirements for a student to get their high school diploma.

As these high school students focus on today’s lessons, educators start focusing on what kids need to graduate in the future.

“If that’s the new model, you have to adapt right away,” said John DeLacey, Principal at Owensboro High School.

The new graduation requirements, taking effect starting with the class of 2023, include completing at least 22 credits, passing 10th grade assessment tests in reading and math, and demonstrate essential skills. State Board of Education Chair Hal Heiner said it ensures all graduates will be ready for college or their career. 

“As I look through it, I understand the theory of it. It’s important for every student to have a quality education as they are graduating high school,” says DeLacey. Teachers will start reviewing the new requirements.

“We have to look at in more detail to see if the plan is going to work because we want students to reach a certain academic level and we want to be sure we can be able to provide the students the ability to graduate,” he says. Some school officials say for these requirements to really work and be effective, schools will need the resources.

 Nick Brake, Superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools, says one concern is available resources to help those planning to work after high school.

“Owensboro is the largest community in the state without a secondary career tech center that services students that may not be on a college trajectory. So, we’re going to have some difficulties in finding the resources,” he says.

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(This story was originally published October 4, 2018)

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