Dorn’s Math Proposal to Be Voted on by House
OLYMPIA — February 25, 2011 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s proposed math legislation (House Bill 1412) made it out of the House Ways and Means committee today and will be voted on by the state House of Representatives next week.
Dorn’s legislation requests that the current math assessment graduation requirement be amended by allowing 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).
If HB 1412 is passed, it will move to the state Senate for action. If passed by the Senate, the governor would have to sign the bill before it becomes law.
Dorn’s legislation was one of four bills proposed in the 2011 session to amend graduation requirements. However, his bill was the only one that made it through for a vote.
“At the beginning of this session, many legislators did not believe we needed to make any change in the math graduation requirement,” Dorn said. “Others introduced legislation to completely abolish graduation requirements. I’m pleased that my middle-ground approach, which still holds students accountable to passing a state math exam, appears to be moving forward.”
Most 10th grade students this year are taking geometry and will take that respective state end-of-course exam. However, under current law, they would also be required to take an algebra 1 exam a year after taking the course.
“I’ve always said this is a fairness issue,” Dorn said.” End of course should mean end of course. The education community and parents are behind me on this issue and now it appears our Legislature is as well. It’s gratifying that we are on the way to fair solution.”
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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