The Reality of Increased Graduation Requirements: A Nationwide View of Diploma Options

Lisa jo Vernon, Joy Baytops, Patricia Mcmahon, Dawn Padden, Christine Walther-Thomas

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Increased accountability, rising academic standards, and high-stakes assessments place pressures on education agencies to provide alternative exit options for high school students. This study highlights state-level diploma options, graduation requirements, and the potential impact on students, specifically those with disabilities and others at risk. Findings illustrate the need for alternative diploma options that have value and meaning for all students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-14
Number of pages13
JournalNASSP Bulletin
Issue number635
StatePublished - Jun 2003


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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