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Blacks and Latinos Gain Ground in High School Exit Exam Results

According to the California Department of Education, ninety-five percent of all twelfth graders passed the English and Math exams.

Nearly ninety-two percent of black students passed the exam by the time they finished the twelfth grade. More than ninety-three percent of Latinos did. The other groups passed at a rate right around ninety-eight percent.

Blacks and Latinos continued a trend of improving faster than whites, Filipinos and Asians.


For 2012, only the scores of special education students dropped. Many took the test even though they are not required by the state to do so.

For all other students, passing the exam is a requirement for graduation. Students must get fifty-five percent of the math and sixty percent of the English questions correct to pass.