Math requirement stands in the way of graduation for 80 Seattle seniors

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 NEWS

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Posted on April 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 11:29 PM

SEATTLE - The Seattle Public Schools Superintendent sent a letter out on Thursday that stated approximately 80 seniors who have not met new graduation requirements will not be able to graduate in June.

Families of the 80 students will soon receive notification that their seniors have completed all the graduation requirements except for meeting standards on either the End of Course Algebra or Geometry Exam.

Some school principals requested that the district ask the state for a waiver, according to Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Teresa Wippel.

"In order to get a waiver we would have to actually change state legislation to get a law passed, and given all the things going on in Olympia right now we knew that was not going to happen," said Wippel.

Anung Luangrath is a senior at Garfield High School who did not pass the math test.

"It breaks me down inside because I failed myself, but not only myself my family is well," said Luangrath.

He has been working before and after school with teachers in an effort to walk with his class on graduation day in June. He took the ACT test as an alternative, and expects the results in May.

The district acknowledged the number of 80 students identified could change a little bit because some seniors are close to meeting requirements. However, most of the students on the district's list will not graduate in June. Instead, if they meet all the requirements over the Summer or into next Fall, then they can participate in a district-wide graduation ceremony in November.

 

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