Biology test no longer required for WA high school diploma

The Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 2224

A file photo of a teacher pointing at an SAT exam during a prep course. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — High school seniors will no longer need to pass a biology test in order to graduate under legislation signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The Daily News reports that seniors in the class of 2017 who had failed a biology exam but met other diploma requirements would graduate automatically. The class of 2017 had been the first class required to pass a biology exam. About 3,300 high school seniors failed it.

The new legislation signed by Inslee Friday is intended to give students more flexibility in meeting graduation requirements.

The Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 2224 on June 30.

The new law delays until 2021 the requirement that students pass a statewide biology test in order to graduate.

The legislation moves the state’s standardized English and math assessments from the 11th grade to the 10th grade. It allows school districts to come up with alternative ways for students to demonstrate proficiency.