- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The House Education Committee has advanced a bill that would end the high school exit examinations after this academic year.

It also included an amendment that would give any graduates this year who fail the exam up to June 30, 2015, to take the test and receive their diploma.

The amendment was presented by Rep. Paul Seaton, a Republican from Homer.

The bill was sponsored by Fairbanks Republican Rep. Pete Higgins.

Ending the high school exit examination could potentially save Alaska $2.7 million within an overall contract it has with Minnesota-based Data Recognition Corporation. Alaska pays the Minnesota firm a total of $7.3 million for administering the exit examination and assessments across the state.

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