Dorn’s Math Bill Passes Senate, Sent to Governor
OLYMPIA — March 29, 2011 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s proposed math legislation (House Bill 1412) was unanimously passed 47-0 by the state Senate on Tuesday. Having already passed the state House, the bill will be sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who has five days – not including Sunday – to sign it into law from when she receives it.
Dorn’s legislation amends the current 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).
“I’ve said for more than a year how unfair this math graduation requirement was to students in these two classes,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “It’s extremely gratifying that legislators took the time to understand this issue and have passed the bill to the governor.”
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 current law, they would also be required to take an algebra 1 exam a year after taking the course. If the bill is signed by the governor, the requirement to take a second end-of-course exam will no longer be needed 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.
“This whole issue for me has been about fairness,” Dorn said. “End of course should mean end of course. This is a big win for students that we all worked together and found the right solution.”
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 will issue in the coming days amended math end-of-course policies and recommendations to school districts on the assumption House Bill 1412 is signed into law.
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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