More than a quarter of Rhode Island's high school seniors have not met the state's new graduation requirement of scoring at least partial proficiency on NECAP reading and math tests.
The state education department says 27 percent have not yet met the graduation requirement in math. That's down from 40 percent of last year's juniors.
Many retook the New England Common Assessment Program math test in October. The department said Friday that 43 percent of those retested after scoring ``substantially below proficient'' junior year met the graduation requirement either by scoring at least partial proficiency or significantly improving their 2012 score.
Ninety–five percent of seniors have met the reading requirement.
The students will have another chance to retake the test or get a passing score on other approved assessments.