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Colorado looks at abolishing grade 12
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 19, 2003
DENVER - High school without seniors?
Colorado lawmakers have asked education officials to study the possibility of
eliminating the 12th grade and establishing a year of preschool instead.
They said it would better prepare students for college by giving them an early
start and possibly save money.
"I'd really like to see if we might change the model," Republican state Sen. Ron
Teck said Monday. "We've been operating under the same education model for the
last 100 years."
Colorado is the first state to discuss the elimination of the senior year to
replace it with preschool, said Jennifer Dounay, a policy analyst with the
Denver-based Education Commission of the States.
Florida has adopted a plan to let seniors skip their senior year by graduating
with 18 credit hours instead of 24.
Hoang Nguyen, a 17-year-old senior at suburban Arvada High School, said it would
be a mistake to eliminate 12th grade.
He said colleges might hold it against students who fail to complete a
traditional high school curriculum.
"The senior year is the next step to going to college. It's a year when you find
out who you are," he said.