Missouri state Rep. Bryan Spencer, R-Wentzville, is a teacher by trade and a freshman lawmaker in the General Assembly. Spencer introduced House Bill 294 in mid-February which requires all high school students in Missouri pass proficiency tests in four core areas before the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will issue a diploma, Yahoo! News reports. Local school districts can issue certificates of achievement, but those won't count towards a student's graduation. Spencer's motivation for the bill is threefold, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .

* The lawmaker says students already take exams to assess how much they've...

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