N.M. district approves alternative graduation requirements

High-school students who have not passed New Mexico's standardized test now have other ways to show mastery of the subjects required for graduation after the Farmington Municipal Schools Board of Education approved alternatives. Under the district's policy change, students must successfully finish one of seven rigorous options in reading, writing, math, science and social studies before they can graduate. "It's not for their lack of effort, these kids have all their credits and passing grades, this is the only thing standing in their way," said Piedra Vista High School principal Ann Gattis.

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