Hawaii BOE approves new graduation requirements

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii students will have to take geometry, algebra and biology courses in order to graduate from high school under new requirements approved by the state Board of Education.

The board unanimously endorsed the changes on Tuesday. The rules will be implemented starting with the Class of 2016, or students who will be entering 9th grade in during the next academic year.

The Department of Education said in a statement the requirements will "bring rigor and relevance to student achievement while preparing graduates for entry into postsecondary education and careers."

State schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi says the changes move Hawaii a step closer to building a stronger sustainable economic and social foundation for the state.

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