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Superintendent: Wash. Student Test Scores Flat in 2013

Ted S. Warren
Associated Press

Student test scores in Washington state are relatively flat this year.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn said Monday that some grades and subjects showed small improvements while others saw small declines. He said the achievement gap between kids of different ethnic and economic groups remained persistent.

Dorn says there is more work to be done, particularly in areas like early learning to ensure that all students are ready for school before starting Kindergarten. He also says the state needs to make significant new investments in the school system, including new sources of revenue to help provide money.

This year's 12th graders were the first who were required to pass a math exam to graduate, and the state says 92 percent of seniors met the math requirement. About 91 percent of 12th graders met all the state testing requirements.