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New standardized test for Wash. High School students

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Washington High School students will take a new and shorter test known as the High School Proficiency Exam, which now serves as the state's assessment for graduation.

Tomorrow they will start with the reading exam, but overall, it will focus more on technology and math more so than the WASL exam did.
We talked with educators in the Tri-City school districts today. They say making the exam shorter will help students spend more time in the classroom.

There has also been discussion regarding high school students taking the exam on the computer. Representatives with the State Superintendent's Office say the test will not be online for high schoolers as of this week, but they are working to change that by next year.

Currently, the state prints 1.8 million testing booklets a year; therefore, when the test is put on the computer, representatives say it will save money in printing and delivering fees.