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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY9 DECEMBER 2, 2009 A7 State superintendent proposes delays to graduation requirements By Chantelle Lusebri~k to align the curriculum and materi- he said would maintain the state's ample time to prepare for the new Issaquah Press reporter als to them. high standards but helps set a real-requirements, Niegowski said the "We believe that every graduate istic bar for passing students, state superintendent's office The debate about math and sci- needs a solid math and science The recommendation was not shouldn't back off implementing ence graduation requirements is foundation to succeed in our met with resounding support from and providing support, so students heating up again, dynamic world economy, and we educational groups or the gover- can meet the requirements. As this year's ninth-grade stu- welcome a uniform and effective nor. "The state can't use that as a dents gear up to pass the new High measure to help us .gauge whether "I oppose the proposal," Gregoire crutch--at some point, it needs to School Proficiency Exams as part that s happening, said Sara said in a press release. "As our implement the graduation require- of their graduation requirements Niegowski, Issaquah School state and global economies become ments," she said. "We hope the in 2013, state Superintendent District communications director, more technically driven, we need to governor and superintendent of Randy Dorn is asking the state "While Issaquah students generally ensure that our students leave high public instruction can work togeth- Legislature to postpone math and meet proficiency on the current school highly trained in math and er to, negotiate that balance to do science requirements again, standardized assessments in far science, so they can qualify for what s best for students." Gov. Chris Gregoire delayed the greater percentages than the state Washington state jobs or entry into mathematics graduation require- average, we're asking all students training and higher education pro- Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, ment in the face of low student to get to that benchmark as a con- grams of their choosing, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at scores on the Washington dition of graduation. "Our students are capable of www.issaquahpress.com. Assessment of Student Learning "That's really high stakes," she mastering our state's standards in exams in December 2006. The sci- added. "So, it makes sense for the math and science," she added. ence graduation requirement was state to take the necessary time to "They have shown us their capaci- delayed in May 2007. be certain that high school stu- ty to meet our expectations in the Dorn's recommendation moves dents are not being held account- past." requiring students to pass the able for some flaw in the new Similarly, education advocates at mathematics and science exams assessment system, or in schools' the Washington State Board of from 2013 until 2015 and 2017, ability to align themselves with Education also said a delay only respectively, new standards on a tight timeline." postpones students' ability to In his release, he said he made In the proposal for the math become proficient in math and sci- the recommendation Nov. 19 after graduation requirement, Dorn said ence, and could prohibit them from seeing students' final achievement he would ask the 2010 Legislature obtaining the state's best jobs in rates on last spring's final WASL to continue the current require- those fields. exams, ment of either passing the state Despite acknowledging the need "It doesn't take a mathematician math exam or earning two addi- for students and teachers to have to see that we have a big problem tional credits of math after lOth in our state. Less than 50 percent grade for students up to the class of our 10th-graders are passing the of 2014. math and science exams," Dorn He'll also ask the Legislature to said in a press release, noting that establish a two-tier bar for the 10th-graders' passing rates on the math graduation requirement reading and writing exams is more beginning with the class of 2015, than 80 percent. "We need to be according to Dorn's Web site. fair to our students and give them The first of the two bars is "pro- time to learn the new standards, ficient," which means they passed It's simply a matter of doing what's the state exam. The second tier is right." "basic," which means students Additionally, Dorn said new passed the basic levels of the exam, math and science standards for the but would still need to earn a High School Proficiency Exams are fourth credit in math to graduate only now being implemented and with a diploma. Requiring the won't be assessed until 2011. fourth credit in math means stu- Because of this, Dorn said it does- dents will continue to build their n't provide enough time for the math skills. class of 2013 to learn the stan- Dorn's idea stems from the two- dards, or for teachers and schools tier Massachusetts system, which Events FROM PAGE A1 sing, and the other is to encour- age people in our community to donate to the Merry Christmas Issaquah Fund, which benefits Issaquah Church and Community Services. It's a big gift from us, the community, to our neighbors. People whose hours have been cut short, or are between jobs, are really in financial trouble and need our help, with rent, with prescriptions or care on their car," she said. "It can really be any of us. No one really knows three to six months from now, when they might need to be on the receiving end." Residents who play instru- ments are welcome to bring them, and encouraged even, Lukens said. 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