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GED exit option no longer an option for Florida seniors



Florida has endured its share of criticism for counting as graduates the high school seniors who have not completed all their graduation requirements yet successfully passed the GED before the end of the year.

No more.

Chancellor Frances Haithcock told superintendents in a memo today that the state has "no statutory authority" to offer the GED exit option. So it's officially dead, effective tomorrow.

Of course, students always have the option of leaving high school and pursuing their GED otherwise. But if they're in high school, they need to graduate the old fashioned way.

Will this help Florida in its pursuit of Race to the Top funds? The grant does call on states to get rid of programs that dumb down standards and assessments, after all. That's something for the policy makers to worry about.

Meantime, anyone in the GED exit option program needs to make new plans to finish up high school, ASAP.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:30am]


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