They’ve rented caps and gowns, purchased graduation announcements, made plans for college or career training. In the back of their minds, they’ve tried to quiet the nagging fear that math could bring their happy June plans to an abrupt halt, the Seattle Times reports. Yet now their math nightmares are coming true: As of today, they won’t graduate because they have yet to prove they have the math skills to do so. For years, students have had to pass state tests in reading and writing to earn their high-school diplomas, part of a decades-long push to ensure that a Washington high-school diploma has meaning. This year, for the first time, they have to pass a math exam, too, or one of a few alternatives…

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