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    Fraser: “Today is a life changing day for 2,000 high school seniors in our state”

Fraser: “Today is a life changing day for 2,000 high school seniors in our state”

July 9th, 2015|

Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, issued the following statement after passage of Senate Bill 6145, a bill that will delay the state’s high school biology assessments as a graduation requirement for the next two years:

“With this bill, today is a life changing day for up to 2,000 high school seniors here in the State of Washington. Seniors who have passed every test and graduation requirement, except the mandatory biology assessment, will receive their high school diplomas.

“Some of these students will be the first in their families to graduate. A high school diploma means that these young adults will be able to move forward in their lives. They will no longer be shut out from going on to college, vocational training, or getting a better paying job. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that every time a student drops out or is denied a diploma because of standardized tests, that student will lose about $370,000 in lifetime earnings.

“A high school diploma opens important doors. I am pleased we were able to begin to address this issue that will help thousands of students in our state.”

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    Fraser: Today is a brighter day for nearly 2,000 of Washington’s high school seniors

Fraser: Today is a brighter day for nearly 2,000 of Washington’s high school seniors

July 8th, 2015|

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Karen Fraser, D- Thurston County,  issued the following statement after introduction of an agreement on a compromise bill to allow 2,000 high school seniors to graduate. Senate Bill 6145 will delay the high school graduation requirement of a high stakes biology assessment test this year and in 2016:

“Today is a brighter day for nearly 2,000 of Washington’s deserving high school seniors who will now get their diplomas.

“They will now be able to further their education and go to college, enter into vocational training, and get jobs which would have otherwise be denied to them without a high school diploma.

“I am so happy for these young adults and their parents. Graduation should be an occasion for celebration. That dream was almost derailed this year for nearly 2,000 wonderful young adults, and even more students and families would have faced this crisis next year. Fortunately these dreams will no longer be derailed.

“But they could have been.

“I continue to believe that our state’s high stakes testing system is unnecessary. The bill introduced today won’t completely solve the problem. I know there is still critical work to do on this issue.

“Our students still face high stakes tests in math and English that might close doors to their futures. And in just a few years, we are scheduled to yet again change which tests count for graduation.

“We need a solution that permanently reforms this system. Let’s make sure that we take a student’s entire academic career into consideration. Let’s make sure we have a system that sets students up for success, not punishes them excessively for our reliance on a broken testing system.

“I look forward to working next session on finding a permanent bipartisan […]