Washington state is rethinking minimum passing scores on its state tests amid worries about the high failure rate. Last year, only 35 percent of 10th-graders passed the 10th grade reading, writing and math test with a “proficient” rating. By 2008, students must pass the exam — in four tries — to graduate. A state commission wants to raise the pass rate by lowering the standard to the “basic” level.
April 7, 2004 by