In addition to getting passing grades in all their subjects and maintaining a good attendance record, students of one school district in Oregon will be required to meet a third requirement if they wish to graduate high school: Get into college.
Detractors say Superintendent Randy Trani and Corbett High School Principal Phil Pearson are not concerned with their students' future success so much as they're concerned with the school's national ranking.
Back in 2005, Trani instituted a policy dubbed "AP for All" that required students to take at least six Advanced Placement courses in order to receive a diploma.
The initiative worked insofar as it landed Corbett High School on Newsweek's top 10 list of America’s Best High Schools by 2009.
Newsweek, it seems, had started putting a stronger emphasis on college acceptance.
Trani, naturally, denies this, saying his only intention is to give students "choices."
He also noted that, while students who didn't get into either a college or a trade school would not be allowed to graduate, practically anyone can get into Mt. Hood Community College if they just fill out the necessary paperwork.
One of the Corbett freshmen for whom the requirement will be a reality in 2017 said he believed the requirement would cause his classmates to aim lower for fear of not being accepted.