The state is delaying tougher graduation requirements for high school students.

The state Board of Education voted last year to require every student beginning with the class of 2012 to pass state tests in reading, math, writing and public speaking to get a diploma.

The board decided eight months ago to delay the requirement for students to pass the state math exam until 2014.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that the board has now agreed to delay the writing requirement until the class of 2013 and postpone the public speaking requirement until at least 2015.

Board members told the paper the delays are needed because school budgets are tight.