The policy adopted Thursday by the Board of Education says students who achieves "goal," the highest level on the reading portion of the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, will have earned the right to graduate.
The student body includes immigrants from 28 countries. Only 16 percent of New London High 10th grade students made "goal" last year. Fifty-five percent were "proficient," the second-best score level on the test.
Students will have several options to demonstrate their competence in English and have until age 21 to meet the requirement. They also may pass a reading test administered by the Northwest Education Association and a writing exam from Pearson, an education company.