Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill Monday that eases the transition into new end-of-course testing requirements for high school math students.
The measure was championed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. It requires students in the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 to take only one end-of-course exam for math, instead of two, to complete state graduation requirements.
OSPI says that since many high school students actually take algebra in 7th or 8th grade, the current state testing requirement would have asked them to be tested on that subject years later. The new law will allow students to take either the algebra or geometry end-of-course exam to fulfill the graduation requirement.
But beginning in 2015, students must pass both to graduate.