Increased High School Graduation requirements

Consistent with the Cherry Commission, Granholm called on the legislature to adopt the State Board’s recommendations for every high school student in Michigan to take a college prep curriculum. On April 20, 2006, Granholm signed legislation which, for the first time, required all students to complete four credits of math, four credits of English language arts, three credits of science, three credits of social studies, two credits of foreign language, one credit of physical education and health, one credit of visual, performing, or applied arts, and one online learning experience.  When they were adopted, the standards were among the top three most rigorous in the nation.

Since the introduction of the new graduation requirements, drop out rates are down, test scores are rising, and enrollment in Advanced Placement Courses is at an all-time high.