JUNEAU — During its meeting Jan. 27, State Board of Education and Early Development members voted to ask the Legislature to repeal the high school graduation qualifying exam requirement that was placed in statute in 2004.

Alaska’s public school students are required to pass reading, writing and math exams in the 10th grade to earn a certified high school diploma. The state spends more than $2 million annually to administer the exam.

A resolution passed by the board says the test is not an appropriate way to measure students’ readiness for entry into careers and postsecondary education.

The resolution says Alaska’s system of statewide assessments — which currently test students in grades 3 through 10 in standards of reading, writing and math — more accurately measure academic competency and growth.

In 2015, Alaska will begin assessing students in grades 3 through 11 in the state’s new, more rigorous standards.

Four bills that would repeal the high school graduation qualifying exam are making their way through the Legislature this session.

For the resolution’s text, visit 1.usa.gov/1bkT9Vp.

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