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Beginning next year, Louisiana's 8,400 11th graders must pass a test in order to graduate from high school, under a proposal approved by the state's board of elementary and secondary education.

Although the legislature and the board had voted in 1984 to require a high-school exit test measuring knowledge and skills in language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science, the state lacked the funds to develop the test until last year, according to Charles D. Teddlie, interim assistant superintendent for research and development.

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