House panel to hear proposal to eliminate graduation exams

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SEATTLE (AP) — Two bills being heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday would eliminate the need to pass statewide tests to earn a high school diploma.

The two proposals would both keep the high school tests in place, but passing those tests would not be a graduation requirement.

A third bill being discussed at the public hearing would keep the graduation requirement but change the way the tests are administered.

Since the graduating class of 2008, tests have been a Washington high school graduation requirements. Current high school students are required to pass reading and writing tests as well as an end-of-course exam in math. Beginning with the class of 2015, state law adds a biology test. Beginning in 2019, Washington students would be required to pass a new set of exams.

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