LAUSD 10th graders scored higher on 2011 exit exams

Student awaiting graduation.
Student awaiting graduation.
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Los Angeles Unified School District 10th graders fared slightly better on the California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE, than last year's class. Students had a 75 percent pass rate on the math portion and the same percentage on the English section, according to test results released today.

The scores were an improvement over last year's 10th grade class, which had a 72 percent pass rate for the math section of the test, and 73 percent on the English section, according to the California Department of Education. Statewide, 82.7 percent of 10th graders passed the math portion of the test, while 82.4 percent passed the English portion.

"These CAHSEE results continue a recent trend of LAUSD performing exceedingly well on state-mandated tests,'' district Superintendent John Deasy said.

"The fact that we have been able to do this with fewer and fewer funds speaks to the incredible efforts of administrators, parents and teachers to provide the best education possible for our students.''

LAUSD officials noted that although the district's pass rates are lower than the state's, LAUSD scores are increasing at a faster rate.

Exit exam scores for LAUSD from 2003-20011

Downloadable PDF of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE): Explaining and Using 2010–11 CAHSEE Summary Results.

About 94.6 percent of the Class of 2011 — about 422,000 students — passed the English and math portions of the California High School Exit Examination by their senior year, the state Department of Education said.
Students first take the exit exam in the 10th grade, and if they don't pass are allowed to take it again during 11th and 12th grades.

The state pass rate was 94.4 percent in 2010, 93.4 percent in 2009 and 90.4 percent in 2006, the first year seniors were required to pass the exam to graduate.

Statewide the Class of 2011 had a pass rate of 90.9 percent for African-Americans, 92.3 percent for Hispanics, 97.7 percent for Asians and 98.4 percent for whites, according to the data.

Those figures do not include students with disabilities who are currently exempt for the exit exam requirement. They had a pass rate of 54.6 percent this year, up from 47.8 percent in 2006.