- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The House Finance Committee expressed concern Tuesday over how the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development would terminate the high school exit exam under a bill being considered.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Pete Higgins, a Republican from Fairbanks, would phase out the high school exit examination. It would also give 2,272 Alaskans holding a letter of achievement until June 2015 to take the test. It would cost the state about $1.4 million to extend the contract with the company that performs the test.

Rep. David Guttenberg, a Democrat from Fairbanks, said the students in question already have met curriculum requirement. That means they could receive a diploma without taking the test, and that could save the state money.

The bill was held by the committee.