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City superintendent says exit exam is needed

San Diego's City School Superintendent says California's high school exit exam should not be put off any longer. He made the comment after an Oakland judge issued a tentative court ruling yesterday that keeps the controversial test from taking effect this year. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Judge Robert Freedman says he believes poor and minority students in low-performing schools are at a disadvantage when it comes to passing the exam. That's why he doesn't want to let the test become a requirement for graduation this year.

San Diego Unified Superintendent Carl Cohn says its high-time seniors are put to the test. In a written statement,

Cohn says, "It's time to get on with it. I've found as an urban school superintendent that whenever we set high expectations, youngsters and families have worked hard to meet those expectations."

Eleven percent of seniors at San Diego City Schools have yet to pass the test. The test has been postponed the past two years. California's Superintendent of Public Instruction - Jack O'Connell says he'll appeal any decision to block the test. He calls it the cornerstone of the state's school accountability system. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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