Graduation test officially gone with bill signing

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The last vestige of Arizona's high school graduation test requirement is gone with the signing of a bill repealing the need for current high school juniors and seniors to pass in order to receive a diploma.

Secretary of State Michele Reagan signed Senate Bill 1191 Friday in Gov. Doug Ducey's absence. Ducey is in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the nation's governors.

The Legislature eliminated the requirement for passage of the AIMS test last year, but current juniors and seniors still needed to pass. As of last fall, 33,000 hadn't passed the math portion, 9,000 the reading part and 20,000 the writing test.

Under the emergency legislation they are now exempt.

The state Board of Education has adopted a new assessment test but it isn't a graduation requirement.

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