By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Las Cruces’ school board wants students to have an alternate path to graduate from high school without having to pass the state standardized test.

The Las Cruces Sun-News ( ) reports that the alternate is intended to allow students to get a diploma even if they fail sections of the state test.

The alternative approved unanimously by the Las Cruces school board Tuesday night is based on a combination of criteria.

Those criteria include grade point averages, final exam grades, portfolios and work and extracurricular experience.

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