Passing scores on standardized reading, writing and math tests will be a requirement, starting with next year's crop of freshmen, to earn an Oregon high-school diploma, even though almost half of Oregon sophomores currently fail the math test and one in three fails the reading exam. However, Oregon will permit districts to come up with alternative means for demonstrating proficiency among students who fail the exams -- a provision that was added at the urging of the state school board, according to this article.

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