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Fewer San Diego Sophomores Passed HS Exit Exam This Year

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Aired 4/19/09

More San Diego students in the Class of 2007 passed the state's exit exam than the year before, but the percentage still falls below the state average. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

About 92 percent of students in the Class of 2007 passed the test, an increase of 5 percent from the year before. That falls just under the state average, which is at 93 percent.

Black and Latino students in San Diego made steady gains, however they still trail white and Asian students.

District spokeswoman Ursula Kroemer believes the district is moving in the right direction.     

Kroemer : There's definitely still work to do. And all of our sites are focusing on that...so we're optimistic that we'll make greater gains next year.

Local test results also show fewer sophomores passed the exam. About 76 percent passed. That's down by 2 percent from last year.

Students first take the test in their sophomore year. They have five more chances to pass until graduation.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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