Annual math assessment graduation requirement amended

April 6, 2009

By Staff

Students who earn two math credits after 10th grade no longer have to take a state math exam each year prior to graduation.

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed House Bill 1562 earlier this month. It eliminates the requirement for students who don’t pass the Washington Assessment of Student Learning math exam to retest until they graduate or pass the exam, whichever comes first.

The bill is effective immediately and is retroactive to include the class of 2008.

Students in the classes of 2009 through 2012 who don’t pass the WASL on their first attempt can meet the state’s graduation requirements by earning two math credits after 10th grade.

However, all students are still required to take the math exam in the 10th grade.

Beginning with the class of 2013, all students must pass a math assessment to be eligible for graduation. Those students will also need to earn three math credits to graduate, instead of two.

The change was proposed by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, for two reasons, according to a press release.

“This is a common sense change to the law,” Dorn said. “And there’s still plenty of incentive for students to pass a math exam by the 11th grade. We just want to ensure that students have the basic math skills before they take that next step in life, whether it’s college or the workforce.”

Next year, the WASL will be replaced with a new High School Proficiency Exam.

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