Photo of Senator Slossberg.

State Senator

Gayle Slossberg

Representing Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge

Follow Senator Slossberg: Facebook icon.YouTube icon.

Slossberg Leads Bipartisan Passage Of Legislation To Modernize High School Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirement updates reflect the standard of readiness needed for higher education and pursuit of 21st century careers

Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford), Co-Chair of the Education Committee, led the unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation that will ensure Connecticut’s high school graduates are prepared to further their education or pursue a modern career. Senate Bill 1026 establishes high standards of educational success so that graduates have the tools they need to succeed. These new requirements raise expectations for increased coursework on students, while also empowering them to develop their own course pathways based on their future plans and personal interests.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that students graduating from Connecticut High Schools are equipped to succeed, no matter what path they pursue in life,” said Senator Slossberg. “These new requirements are a critical part of living up to that responsibility. The new requirements will ensure students are well-educated in modern, STEM subjects, as well as the humanities, physical education, personal health and other subjects needed for a full, well-rounded education. Additionally, students will now be able to choose from a greater variety of courses, allowing them to tailor their education to their own interests and goals.”

Senate Bill 1026 maintains high expectations for students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses, the humanities, wellness and communication course while better aligning them with the modern expectations of universities and employers. A wider range of courses will now count as “required” coursework. This allows educators to offer more modern subjects such as computer science and financial literacy to fill STEM requirements, or technical writing and world history as humanities credits. This is a significant change from current requirements, which prescribe specific course schedules for every student, preventing them from exploring subjects that may be of more use in their lives and in the modern economy as a whole.

In order to give school districts time to adjust, the new graduation requirements will go into effect with the Class of 2023.

Now that Senate Bill 1026 has passed in the Senate, it moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.






Legislative Office Building
Room 3300
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Phone: 860-240-8600
Toll-free in CT: 1-800-842-1420
FAX: 860-240-0208

For general inquiries (will not be seen by legislators):

E-newsletter Signup


Facebook icon.Twitter icon.instagram icon.YouTube icon.