Fast Track Diplomas

Earlier this week I wrote a little piece for the NY Times website. It's not an Ed School topic; it's broad K-12 reform. They posed this question:

The Times reported this week that under a program starting next year, some high school sophomores in eight states will have a chance to earn a diploma and head straight to community college. To do so, however, they will have to pass academic tests known as board exams. If they don’t pass the tests in the 10th grade, they can take them again in their junior and senior years.

What are the benefits of a fast-track approach through high school? What are the possible problems and risks?

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