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GED change in Florida could affect thousands of students



Several thousand high school students -- and hundreds around Tampa Bay -- may be in a bind because of last week’s Department of Education decision to kill the “GED exit option.” Last year, 3,060 students statewide earned a standard diploma through that route, according to DOE figures.

Until last week, students who didn’t have enough credits or a high enough GPA to graduate could still earn a standard diploma if they 1) passed the GED test and the FCAT exit exam or 2) passed the GED test and scored high enough on the ACT or SAT.

Now those students can still earn GED diplomas but they won’t be considered standard diplomas.

Here’s how many students around Tampa Bay got diplomas through the GED exit option last year:

Pinellas: 172
Hillsborough: 301
Pasco: 79
Hernando: 35

Ron Matus, state education reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:31am]


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