Michigan's Role in the American Diploma Project

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A research institute says close to half of graduating high school students do not have the skills or knowledge needed for success in college -- Governor Granholm wants to change that.

She and 12-other governors have signed onto the American Diploma Project".

It's goals include testing students for thier readiness for college or the workplace and increasing high school accountability.

Researchers say one of the reasons for the problems is that the high school curriculum does not prepare students for college and beyond.

The upcoming curriculum crunch may be significant according to the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals.

That organization sees many general education classes replaced by more specialized core curriculum.