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Alternative High School Graduation Pathways

January 14, 2021
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WRITTEN BY Brittany Whitley

Colleges, employers, and communities expect that students who earn high school diplomas will be prepared for success after graduation, whether in higher education, the workforce or civic life.

Allowing students to advance through high school based on subject mastery rather than credit hours is an emerging approach that is meant to improve high school completion and ensure college and career readiness in the United States.

Senate Bill 34 and House Bill 624 would establish the “Show Me Success Diploma” as an alternative high school graduation pathway available after the tenth grade. Diploma recipients who have demonstrated mastery of the established standards can stay enrolled in high school or move on to a job or college.

For students who enroll in a postsecondary institution before the end of their twelfth year, 90% of the state, local and federal funds that would have been spent on their high school education will be deposited into a Missouri Education Savings Account in their name.

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