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Proposal to Eleminate Statewide Exams as Graduation Requirement

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Bill moves on to the full House for consideration. Bill moves on to the full House for consideration.
SEATTLE (AP) - The House Education Committee has approved a proposal to eliminate the need to pass statewide tests to earn a high school diploma.

House Bill 1785 now moves on to the full House for consideration.

The proposal would keep the high school tests in place, but passing those tests would not be a graduation requirement. Instead, students who fail to pass a high school exams in eleventh grade would be required to take another class in the subject area during their last year of high school.

In other action Thursday, the Senate Higher Education Committee approved a bill that could lead to lowering tuition rates at public colleges and universities. An amendment proposed by Democrats to add a way to pay for the decreases by closing tax breaks was rejected by the Republican members of the committee.
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