Maryland high school students who fail state graduation exams may soon be able to use academic projects to demonstrate competency in algebra, English, biology and government, under a plan proposed by State School Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick. "It's not letting any student off the hook, and it's not dumbing it down or watering it down," said Charles County superintendent James E. Richmond. "But ... some kids can do things one way and others can do it a different way."

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