For decades, many high school students have treated senior year as a time to slack off and bide time until college — or the working world — begins. Now, throughout the country, several new initiatives are trying to shake up the second half of high school, many letting students ‘test out’ of junior and senior years altogether. Join Kojo to explore these pilot programs, and the debate over allowing teens to leave high school early.


  • Michael Kirst Professor Emeritus of Education and Business at Stanford University; former president of the California State Board of Education
  • Sandra Stotsky Professor of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas
  • Thomas Sakole AP Coordinator and AP World History Instructor at Westfield High School in Chantilly, VA.

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