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More students making the grade in math and science

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SEATTLE, Wash.- Statewide test results show more Washington state students are passing their science and math exams, but reading scores are down at some grade levels.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says a new emphasis on science in earlier grades seems to be making a difference.         

Last spring was the second time high school students took end-of-course exams in algebra and geometry. The class of 2013 is the first group required to pass a math exam to graduate. Students in the class of 2014 took the biology end-of-course exam for the first time this past school year. A total of 61 percent passed the test. That's an improvement over the number of students in past years who passed the general science exam.         

Most elementary and middle school students also are also doing better on their math and science tests.