Senate passes bill to make graduation easier - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Senate passes bill to make graduation easier

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state Senate has made good on a promise to help students graduate from high school by passing a bill that would eliminate one diploma obstacle.

The measure would eliminate the requirement to keep taking the math Washington Assessment of Student Learning every year until graduation. High school students who fail the 10th grade math test, would still be required to keep earning math credits, however.

The bill, which passed on a vote of 43-4, still requires approval in the House. It would affect the class of 2009, if it passes both houses and is signed by the governor.

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(January 21) State Superintendent Randy Dorn unveiled his plans for a new state assessment system beginning in 2010, including the replacement of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning. Superintendent Dorn released details of his plan at a press conference in his offices on Wednesday morning.
 
"I was elected on a promise to replace the WASL with a fairer, less expensive system of measuring student learning. This announcement today affirms my intention to do what's right for our kids and our schools and to deliver on that promise as quickly as is possible," said Dorn, who was sworn in as the state's 15th superintendent of public instruction on January 13.
 
Due to time constraints, Dorn said no changes can be made to the WASL during this school year. However, beginning in spring 2010, the state will replace the WASL with two new tests: the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in grades 3-8 and the High School Proficiency Exams (HPSE). More...


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