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Gist Says General Assembly’s Moratorium Prompted Decision To Postpone Testing Requirement

State Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist said she would not have postponed the testing part of the high school graduation requirement, if the legislature hadn’t done so first.

On Monday, Gist recommended that any test-based graduation requirement be delayed until the Class of 2020. On Sept. 8, the new Council for Elementary and Secondary Education will vote on whether to put this proposal before the public.

The requirement was originally slated to take effect in 2014. The General Assembly, earlier this year, postponed the requirement to 2017.