State Politics

Tougher graduation requirements go to Crist

TALLAHASSEE — A bill going to Gov. Charlie Crist would toughen Florida’s high school graduation requirements and revise some standardized testing.

The bill (SB 4) received final passage Thursday on a 106-12 House vote. Crist has said he supports the measure.

It would do away with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, for high school math and science and replace it with end-of-course exams.

The bill also would add geometry, algebra II, biology, chemistry and physics to the list of required courses.

The requirements would be phased in beginning this fall through the 2014-15 school year for entering freshmen.

— Associated Press