How is this possible?
In some cases, the child knows a great deal about some things and less about others. In some cases, a teacher or two may have strayed from the state curriculum framework.
In most cases, the state changed its curriculum - what it expects teachers to teach and students to learn. The state exit exam reflects this new curriculum. These students are being penalized because they were not taught the new curriculum.
Do students need to pass their state exit exams before they can graduate with a high school diploma?
Students who attend private schools do not have to pass state exit exams. Home schooled students do not have to pass state exit exams.
The easiest way to eliminate the exit exam obstacle is to apply your child's high school credits to a diploma from a private school. This is not as difficult or as costly expensive as you may think.
Many home schooled students graduate from a private school in Maine that they have never attended, or even seen. The school is the North Atlantic Regional Schools (NARS), a private high school accredited by the state of Maine.
The procedure is simple.
The child registers at the school. NARS requests the child's records from the public school. The public school sends the records to NARS. If the child's transcript shows the child has earned the required credits, NARS awards a high school diploma. If the transcript does not show the required credits, NARS can tell you how to obtain the missing credits.
You have a choice.
The choice is yours.
And ... if your child dropped out of high school or wants to get an accelerated diploma NARS may be able to help you too.
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