Washington is tops in the nation for something many students, educators and parents would like to change: the number of tests it requires to earn a high school diploma.
Starting with this year's sophomores, Washington will be the only state to require passage of five different graduation tests. Nine states have four graduation exams, four states have three. Ten states have one or two.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn would like to see Washington save money and time by dropping down to three graduation exams.
House Bill 1450, which would make that happen, is scheduled to be heard Friday in the House Education Committee.