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More than 93% of the Anacortes High School class of 2008 have met state standards in reading and writing and could be in line to graduate on Friday, June 13, if they meet other requirements, according to figures released this week. 

Anacortes High principal Pam Estvold says 217 students have met the WASL test standards, but not all have enough class credits to walk. At least 14 students will not make it.

Estvold said Anacortes’ numbers compare favorably with other school districts in Skagit County. A bit better than Burlington, with 90%, and Mount Vernon at 79%. And, on a statewide basis, 91% of the students have passed the WASL tests.

Seniors who still haven't passed the WASL have two more chances to meet the requirement and still be considered "on-time" graduates. They have until June 16 to submit a portfolio of their work to show their mastery of the subject matter, or can retake the test in August.

To earn a diploma, students must also earn enough credits, finish a special project and create a plan for life after high school. In Seattle, students must also complete 60 hours of community service.

Passing the math WASL had originally been part of the graduation requirements, but the Legislature postponed the rule until 2013, after nearly half the state's sophomores failed the test in 2006. It is their class graduating this spring.

Students who still need to meet the math standard can do so by earning a passing grade in an extra math class.