PORTLAND — Almost one-third of the state's incoming high school seniors failed the state writing test during their junior year, putting their hopes for a diploma in jeopardy.

PORTLAND — Almost one-third of the state's incoming high school seniors failed the state writing test during their junior year, putting their hopes for a diploma in jeopardy.

Students in the class of 2013 are the first in Oregon history that must prove they have adequate writing skills to graduate.

The Oregonian reports that the 13,000 students who didn't pass the test must now demonstrate adequate skills on two writing exercises that will be graded by teachers at their school.

State Board of Education members were briefed on the results Thursday as well as how the class of 2012 performed on a new graduation requirement of demonstrating adequate reading skills.

Almost all students in the class of 2012 displayed the reading skills needed to earn a diploma.

— Associated Press