New York favors high school graduation options

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York students will have more ways to earn a high school diploma under a change approved by state education leaders.

Right now, students must pass five Regents exams to graduate — one each in English, science and math and two in history. The plan approved by the Board of Regents Monday would let students replace one of the history exams with a comparable exam in their chosen career field, such as science or the arts.

Education Commissioner John King says the change will keep students interested in school. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch says that will help improve the state’s 75 percent graduation rate while increasing the percentage of graduates who are ready for college and careers.

The change is expected to start with current seniors.

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