TRENTON - New Jersey education officials have decided not to require high school students to pass a biology test in order to graduate - at least, not yet.

The requirement was to kick in for the Class of 2014, or current freshmen. But when almost half the students who took the pilot test this spring failed, it raised concerns, according to the Record of Bergen County.

Acting Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks told the state's public school districts this month that passing the test won't be mandatory yet. Students, no matter what grade they're in, will still take the exam when they finish their biology course. But their scores will not affect the ability to receive a diploma. State officials say passing the exam will be required after the test is revised. - AP