By City News Service
Scores inched upward for San Diego Unified students on the California High School Exit Exam, with 82 percent of 10th-graders passing the math portion of the test and 80 percent passing the English section, according to test results released Tuesday.
Those scores bested the marks posted by 10th-graders last year, when 81 percent passed the math portion and 79 percent passed English, according to the California Department of Education.
Statewide, the pass rate was 81 percent for both the Math and English portions of the exam.
According to the CDE, 94.5 percent of students in the class of 2010 passed the overall exam, up from 90.6 percent last year.
"I am pleased that the latest Exit Exam results show that more of our students are mastering the mathematics and English-language arts skills measured by this exam," said Jack O'Connell, state Superintendent of Public Instruction. "Passing the Exit Exam is a high school graduation requirement because students need these important basic skills to be successful in college, the workforce and in life."
All students in California must take the exit exam during their sophomore year. They have two more opportunities to pass it in the 11th grade and three chances as seniors.
The class of 2006 was the first graduating class in California that was required to meet the exit exam requirement.
O'Connell noted that the results showed the achievement gap between black/Hispanic students and Asian/white students was narrowing. By the end of their senior years, 89.7 percent of black students and 91.6 percent of Hispanic students had passed the exam, compared with 97.4 percent of Asian students and 98.1 percent of white students, according to the state.
"I applaud the hard work of our students, teachers and school staff that has resulted in the gap narrowing, but we cannot rest until it is fully erased and all students are meeting their full potential," O'Connell said.