SEATTLE (AP) - About 4,000 Washington high school seniors got some good news this week. They've joined the ranks of students who have passed all their required state graduation tests or an approved alternative.
State education officials say the percentage of the class of 2013 who have met at least the testing requirement for graduation is now up to 83.7 percent.
To graduate from high school this year, Washington students must pass tests in reading, writing and math. Plus they need to meet state and local credit requirements, complete a senior project and write a plan for what they want to do after high school.
Nearly 12,000 seniors still have tests to pass before they can earn a diploma. Many have already taken make-up exams and they are waiting for the results to come later this spring.
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