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In New York, Vocational Skills Could Count Toward Diploma

The New York State Board of Regents gave initial approval to a major change to high school graduation requirements on Monday, allowing students to earn their diplomas with one fewer test if they pass another assessment in a range of subjects like languages, the arts, hospitality management and carpentry.

Students have had to pass five tests, one each in English, math and science, and two in social studies. The new requirements would make the second social studies exam optional, allowing students to take an approved alternative test in its place.