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N.D. mulls graduation requirement changes

BISMARCK - A state senator wants to change high school graduation requirements, saying too many students aren't prepared for college classes. Sen. Dave Nething, R-Jamestown, said about 50 percent of students nationwide who enter college need reme...

BISMARCK - A state senator wants to change high school graduation requirements, saying too many students aren't prepared for college classes.

Sen. Dave Nething, R-Jamestown, said about 50 percent of students nationwide who enter college need remedial education, primarily in science and math. In North Dakota, about one-third need remedial help in those fields, he said.

"I wanted to bring something to the attention of the Legislature that would help change that," Nething said.

Senate Bill 2309 proposes increasing the number of units required to graduate from 21 to 22 by the 2009-10 school year and to 24 by the 2011-12 school year.

Nething's bill calls for creating a system where student proficiency is required and measured in order to graduate high school and enter college.

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By 2012-13, students would have to complete the following courses to graduate from high school or be admitted into college: four units of English language arts, three of math, three of science, three of social/multicultural studies, one of physical education, one of foreign language and one of fine arts or career and technical education.

By 2014-15, those standards would change to have four units of math, two units of a foreign language and two units of fine arts or career and technical education.

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