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Majority of Washington State Students Pass Graduation Exams

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SEATTLE, Wash.  - The Washington State Superintendent says student test scores in the state this year are relatively flat. 

Superintendent Randy Dorn says some grades and subjects showed small improvements, while others slightly declined. He says the achievement gap between kids of different ethnic and economic groups does remain strong.

This year's 12th graders were the first class of students required to pass a math exam to graduate. The state says 92% of seniors met the math requirement, and about 91% of 12th graders met all the state testing requirements.

"There aren't any dramatic changes from last year," Dorn said. "But our scores are up on more tests than down. In particular, I congratulate the Class of 2013 for their success in meeting a high bar on their exit exams."

Dorn says there is more work to be done, particularly in areas like early learning, to ensure all students are ready for school before starting Kindergarten.  He also says the state needs to make significant new investments in the school system, including new sources of revenue to help provide money.

 

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