High School Proficiency Exams start next week

March 10, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 6 a.m. March 10, 2010

High School Proficiency Exams for sophomores will start March 16.

The exams are a state requirement — in addition to coursework and credits — for students to receive their high school diplomas.

Exams include reading, writing, math and science questions. The reading exam will be administered March 16, and the writing exam will follow March 17-18. The math exam will be given April 13, and the science portion will be April 15.

Due to the exam times, Issaquah School District schools will operate on alternate schedules March 17. Check your student’s school calendar or the district Web site for more information.

This is the first year the High School Proficiency Exams will be taken by students statewide. The exams replace the former Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests.

The exams will be given to all high school sophomores, and will also be administered to juniors and seniors who have not passed state requirements in at least one area. Letters were sent home to students in 11th or 12th grade who have yet to pass the state requirements.

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