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High School Proficiency Exam results similar to WASL

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The Washington State Superintendent says results from this year's new High School Proficiency Exam are similar to the old WASL.

Randy Dorn says with this year's new test, 78% of 10th graders passed reading, 84% percent passed writing and just 43% passed in math.

The state switched from the WASL to the HSPE because many complained the WASL was too long and not fair.

Dorn says results between the two are similar because the learning standards stayed the same. He blames low math scores partially on a bad economy.

"Another factor, budget cuts. We have more kids in math classes today in high school than we had before. We've cut tutorial systems, after school systems, and things of that nature." Said Dorn.

School by school HSPE results will be out in late August or early September.