Math Scores Raised For Proficiency Exams

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Nevada Board of Education approves raising math score standards

Nevada high school students are going to have to score better on state high school proficiency math exams to earn a diploma.

The state Board of Education yesterday approved raising passing scores each year until 2007.

Current juniors will have to score at least a 293 out of a possible 500.

The Class of 2005 will need a 296, the Class of 2006 will need a 300 and the Class of 2007 will need a 304.

The move meets requirements of a state law passed after about 16 percent of Clark County high school seniors failed to earn the minimum 304 passing score this year.

The Legislature responded by lowering the passing score to 290.

The proficiency exam covering math, reading and writing is required for a diploma.

Seniors who fail to pass all three sections are given certificates of attendance instead.

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