Regulation proposed for course mastery

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

School districts would have until July 2015 to provide students with a way to test-out of classes under a regulation proposed by the state education department.

Credits would be based on a "pass" grade, and not included toward calculating grade-point average.

Lawmakers in April approved legislation allowing for students in grades seven through 12 to challenge courses by demonstrating mastery. The idea was that kids shouldn't have to sit through courses they have down when they could take classes that challenge them or in which they're learning new things.

The courses apply to math, language arts, science, social studies and world languages. Nothing prevents districts from allowing for the testing-out of other classes.

Public comment is being taken. The state Board of Education will ultimately weigh in.

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