Issaquah students lead charge, pass state requirements to graduate

June 16, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 5:35 p.m. June 16, 2010

The Issaquah School District’s most recent graduates are ahead of their peers statewide.

District officials handed 1,240 seniors their diplomas June 11. Districtwide, only three students didn’t receive their diplomas because of High School Proficiency Exam requirements, district spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said. Those three students — one each from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools — didn’t pass some combination of the three exams, or a math requirement.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced preliminary graduation rates and state High School Proficiency Exam scores at a press conference Wednesday in Olympia.

To graduate, students must pass the High School Proficiency Exams in reading and writing. Students used to have to take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exams. Students are also required to pass the High School Proficiency Exams mathematics tests, or take the exam and additional math courses, or another exam to fulfill the requirement. Students must also complete a high-school-and-beyond plan, a culminating high school project and meet their district’s credit requirements. It is the third year students have been required to pass state exams and requirements for graduation.

Dorn said 94 percent of students passed the reading and writing requirements of newly administered exams this year. However, only 69 percent of high school seniors passed the mathematics exam.

If you’re one of many sophomore, junior, senior students in the state who didn’t pass one or more of the state’s tests, you can register online to retake High School Proficiency Exams in August.

Tenth-, 11th- and 12th-graders can register here through Friday for the summer reading, writing and mathematics exams. Students can opt to take all of the exams or just the ones they need to fill remaining state requirements.

Testing in Issaquah will take place from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aug. 9-12 at Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

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