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POSTED: September 20, 2007 5:04 a.m.
ATLANTA (AP) — Next year’s high school freshmen will take more math and science than their predecessors under changes expected to be approved next week by the state Board of Education.
State officials are hoping the changes will increase the number of diplomas handed out and the number of students entering college. But some educators are concerned it will hurt the state’s already lagging graduation rate.
The changes, which are set for final approval Sept. 13 at a state Board of Education meeting, do away with the state’s four-tiered diploma system that required different classes for students depending on their post-graduation plans.
Now even students who do not want to go to college will take four years of math and science, a move state educators hope will encourage more students to consider a higher education in the long run.
Georgia ranks next to last among Southern states for the percentage of ninth graders who graduate in four years. That means Georgia’s 61 percent is well below the national average of 75 percent, according to the new data from the Southern Regional Education Board.
 

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