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Dorn’s Math Bill Signed Into Law Today
State Superintendent calls the new law a ‘win for fairness’

OLYMPIA — April 11, 2011 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s proposed math legislation (House Bill 1412) was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The law is effective for spring 2011 testing.

“Plain and simple, this is a win for fairness,” Dorn said. “In a tough legislative year, this is one law that directly impacts the lives of students in a positive manner. I’m pleased that state legislators and the governor did the right thing for students.”

Dorn’s legislation amends the math assessment graduation requirement to allow students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 to pass one end-of-course (EOC) math exam instead of two. That will allow the assessment system to be better aligned in the transition from the High School Proficiency Exam (a single, comprehensive math exam) to two end-of-course exams (algebra 1 and geometry).

Most 10th grade students this year are taking geometry, and will take the geometry end-of-course state exam in late May/early June. However, under the old law, they would have been required to take an algebra 1 exam a year after taking the course. Now, the requirement to take a second end-of-course exam is no longer in effect for students in the classes of 2013 and 2014.

Current 8th graders (class of 2015) will be the first to be required to pass two state end-of-course exams. Most of those students will take algebra 1 in 9th grade, meaning they take the end-of-course exam in the same year they took the course.

“My job is to speak for the students of this state,” Dorn said. “And I’ve always said, end of course should mean end of course – not test a year later. This is a big win for students.”

Students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 (current 11th and 12th graders) are not affected by this legislation. Those students can still pass one state math exam or earn two credits of math after 10th grade to meet the math graduation requirement.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has amended its graduation resources, handouts and Web pages to reflect the change in law. Families can visit for information on state testing and for graduation requirement handouts and materials. They can also visit our math end-of-course exam page at


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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