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States Must Strengthen High School Graduation Requirements
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States Must Strengthen High School Graduation Requirements

Authors Laura Jimenez and Kira Orange Jones discuss why states should follow Louisiana's lead in creating high school graduation requirements that match coursework required for college eligibility.

If states want to make it easier for students to reach the middle class, they should follow Louisiana’s lead when it comes to the expectations for earning a high school diploma.

As a recent report by the Center for American Progress shows, Louisiana is one of just four states where the coursework requirements to graduate high school match the coursework required to for college eligibility. What’s more, Louisiana is one of only two states where the coursework requirements include high-level science and math, three years of study in social science, and two years of a single foreign language — the same coursework that most public universities require.

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Laura Jimenez

Former Director, Standards and Accountability

Kira Orange Jones