From the Daily News:
Tough new requirements for high school diplomas could send city graduation rates plummeting, especially among poor and minority students, advocates said Wednesday.
Starting with this year's ninth graders, general education students will have to earn a Regents diploma to graduate, not the current less rigorous local degree.
Those requirements would have left nearly 10,000 of last year's graduates without a diploma, severely limiting their college and career options, according to a study by the Coalition for Educational Justice.
While graduation rates have risen in the past decade, only 37% of students earn a Regents degree, which requires passing five subject-specific exams with a score of 65 or higher.
My God! They want kids to pass 5 subjects with a grade of 65 or more? What is this world coming to?
This is what happens when you dumb down the curriculum in order to increase graduation rates to make Joel Klein and the Mayor look good.