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Several States Offer High School Diploma Options to Address Students’ Needs and Future Goals, Report No. 11-05, January 2011
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  • While many states have taken steps to strengthen academic standards, eight states with high school graduation requirements similar to those recently adopted in Florida also allow students the option of earning a diploma with less rigorous requirements. In general, these less rigorous options give students who cannot meet the state’s higher graduation standards the opportunity to earn a high school diploma rather than drop out of school. However, some states raised concerns that such a policy has the potential to undermine their efforts to raise student achievement.
  • In addition, 10 states offer diploma options designed to prepare high school students for the workforce. These diplomas enable students to choose among various academic pathways depending on their post-high school goals–entry into the workforce or postsecondary education. However, the workforce-ready diplomas currently used by these states can limit students’ postsecondary education choices and might not fully prepare students for the current job market.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Career Education
School District Workforce Education
College Preparatory and Remediation
School Improvement, Assessment, and Accountability
Education System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-63 Colleges Perform Slightly Better Than School Districts in Career Education; Neither Clearly Outperforms in Adult Education,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-61 School Districts and Colleges Share Responsibility for Workforce Education; Duplication Is Minimal,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-56 Many Florida Programs Enhance Students’ Career and College Readiness,published in October 2010.
  • Report No. 10-35 Profile of Changes to Florida’s Public Career Education Program Offerings,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-34 School Districts and Florida College System Institutions Frequently Change Their Career Education Programs,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-18 Public Career Education Programs Differ From Private Programs on Their Admission Requirements, Costs, Financial Aid Availability, and Student Outcomes,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 08-59 Legislature Overhauled Florida’s System of Career and Professional Academies,published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 08-47 Steps Taken to Reduce the Need for College Remediation; Accountability Processes Should Be Strengthened,published in July 2008.
  • Report No. 08-42 The Department of Education Has Taken Initial Steps to Improve Student Progression Data,published in June 2008.
  • Report No. 07-40 Career Academy Students Perform Better Than Other Students During High School; Later Outcomes Vary,published in October 2007.
  • Report No. 07-31 Half of College Students Needing Remediation Drop Out; Remediation Completers Do Almost as Well as Other Students,published in May 2007.
  • Report No. 07-31 Half of College Students Needing Remediation Drop Out; Remediation Completers Do Almost as Well as Other Students,published in May 2007.
  • Report No. 06-66 Third Grade Retention Policy Leading to Better Student Performance Statewide,published in October 2006.
  • Report No. 04-19 Workforce Development System Overview,published in February 2004.

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