Issaquah students lead charge; pass state requirements to graduate

June 22, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah School District’s graduating senior class members are ahead of their peers statewide.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced preliminary graduation rates and High School Proficiency Exam scores at a June 16 press conference in Olympia.

It is the third year students have been required to pass state exams and requirements for graduation.

To graduate, students must pass the state’s exams in reading and writing, which replaced the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exams. Students are also required to pass the HSPE mathematics test 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.

This year, 94 percent of students from the class of 2010 passed the reading and writing requirements of newly administered exams, Dorn said. However, only 69 percent of high school seniors passed the mathematics exam.

In Issaquah, 1,240 students in the class of 2010 received diplomas.

Only three students districtwide didn’t receive their diplomas because of the testing requirements. Those three students — one each from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools — didn’t pass some combination of the three exams or math requirement.

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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