ST. PAUL (AP) - A Minnesota math test that will soon be tied to graduation is causing consternation among educators, who plan to push to drop the requirement.

A task force reviewing state testing practices was expected to recommend breaking the link between passage of the test and graduation. Such a move would require approval from the state Legislature and governor.

The concern is that nearly one-third of high school students could be denied a diploma. Currently, students can take the test three times and can get a waiver if they fail repeatedly. But the grace period goes away with this year's sophomore class.

Exam advocates say the requirement is meant to lift standards for graduation and reduce the need for remedial courses in college.

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