Thursday, October 26, 2006
State Superintendent Jack O’Connell released the final number of students who passed the California High School Exit Exam last school year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The last time high school seniors could take the test was in July. In San Diego County, about 540 students took the exam. Of that amount, 20 percent passed the English portion, and 26 percent made the grade in math. County spokesman JT Lawrence says English learners are still lagging behind other students. He says only 19 percent performed well in math.
Lawrence: It's not the performance we’d like to see, but its certainly much higher than the language arts where only five percent of the kids that were identified as English learners passed.
July was also the first time the Class of 2007 could take the test. Ninety-one percent of seniors in California have now passed the exit exam. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.