All 3 of Dorn's Bills Move Forward
OLYMPIA — February 19, 2015 — All three bills requested by State Superintendent Randy Dorn have passed out of the House Education Committee as of this morning and continue to make their way through the Legislature.
- House Bill 1785 eliminates the requirement for students to pass exit exams to be eligible to graduate from high school. Instead, 11th graders who do not meet standard on the new Smarter Balanced tests must take and pass courses in their senior year that align with their college or career goals, including high school transition courses.
- House Bill 1492 requires students to show their proficiency by passing a technology literacy and fluency test, or by completing a culminating project "or other substantively equivalent methods."
- House Bill 1864 provides intensive, evidence-based supports to struggling students, including those with substance abuse and mental health issues, to help them stay in school and graduate.
"I'm pleased the House Education Committee agrees with my policy proposals," Dorn said. "These three bills put kids first and I'm optimistic about their chances as they continue to move forward."
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