Senate to Hear Dorn’s Proposed Math Changes Today
OLYMPIA — March 14, 2011 — As high school state testing begins this week in reading and writing, a Senate committee will hear State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s proposed legislation on changes to the math graduation requirement.
Dorn’s proposed math legislation (House Bill 1412) was passed March 4 by the state House of Representatives 96-1 and will be heard today by the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education committee on at 1:30 p.m. The hearing can be viewed live online at www.TVW.org.
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 HSPE (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 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’m grateful the House passed this common sense legislation,” Dorn said. “I will ask the Senate to act quickly so we can get this bill signed into law. This is the right and fair move for our students.”
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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