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SEATTLE -- Thousands of high school students in Washington's Class of 2013 don't know yet if they will get a diploma later this spring because they have not yet met the state's newest graduation requirement: a math exam.

Most of their fellow seniors have met their requirements: 77.5 percent of this year's senior class have passed three statewide tests, are in line to earn all their credits, and are ready to complete a senior project and write a plan for what they want to do after high school.

Those percentages look good, considering Washington's on-time graduation rate has hovered just below 80 percent for the past few years.

But about 16,000 students across the state don't yet know if they will need a cap and gown in a couple of months.

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