The decision potentially allows thousands of students who have failed the test to graduate. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell says Judge Robert Freedman’s decision is a letdown.
"This is not only a great personal disappointment to me having worked on this issue for 7 years, it’s a setback for students and for hard-fought school accountability in our state."
O’Connell says state attorneys are preparing to appeal the ruling. Earlier this year, 10 students and their parents sued the state, claiming the exit exam discriminates against poor students and those who are learning English. This year’s graduating class is the first one required to pass the exam.