Proposal aimed at cutting planned number of Washington high school graduation tests

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Students in the class of 2012 were required to pass two exit exams. That goes up to five for the class of 2015: reading, writing, biology, algebra and geometry.

Dorn said Thursday he’ll ask the Legislature next month to reduce that to three: a reading-writing test, biology and algebra.

Dorn says exit exams are costly and over-testing creates a system in which too much time is devoted to preparing.

Exit exam costs about $30 each. Alternative portfolios for failing students to demonstrate ability cost about $400.