Florida gets new high school graduation, testing requirements
With significantly less hoopla than his action on SB 6, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has signed SB 4 into law today.
The new law replaces the high school FCAT exams for math and science with end-of-course tests in algebra, geometry and biology over the next few years. Algebra comes first, next year. As funding becomes available, the state also will move to replace the FCAT reading exam with an English/Language Arts II end-of-course exam.
The law also adds more math and science requirements to earn a high school diploma.
"Looks like after five years of work it finally happened," sponsor Rep. John Legg, R-Port Richey, told the Gradebook.