High School in two years?
Eight US states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are set to be apart of a pilot program commencing in the 2011-2012 school year to allow a new track for completing high school. It involves 10 to 20 high schools in each of the states to allow sophomores ready to take college courses to graduate and move onto local community colleges.
The National Center on Education and the Economy, proposed the idea in a 2006 report the introduction of a series of board exams covering English, history, math, and science, which, if passed by a student at the end of the 10th grade, would allow them to leave high school. This program aims to cut down on the number of students not ready for college work.
Students who don't pass the exams in 10th grade will have the opportunity to take them again in 11th and 12th grades. There is also the option to stay for the full duration of 4 years if students want to attend selective colleges they can stay on a college prep track for the last two years of high school.
Concerns with this approach have been voiced, pointing out whether test results, at age 16, are really valid enough to indicate if a child should go to university or instead head to a technical school.
The board exam system is being used in several other nations, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Singapore.