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Educators Focus on Improving Exit Exam English Scores


Aired 4/19/09

San Diego County educators got their first glimpse Wednesday of a new plan designed to improve student test scores on the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

County educators say minority students are doing poorly on the essay portion of the exam. Officials say that’s because a large number of students are learning English as a second language. The county’s Achievement Gap Taskforce says the only way to make gains in the subject is by improving students’ writing skills. Taskforce director Don Phillips says those skills will help students succeed.

Phillips: Often times in a literature class you do a response to a book. And this is the kind of academic, analytical, writing skills that you need for a science class, social studies, a report you might write for your boss.

The panel presented samples of an instruction manual that teachers will use in English prep-courses. Educators will receive training early next year. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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