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More high school students passing exit exams

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    More high school students passing exit exams By Theresa Harrington Contra Costa Times
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2009
      More high school students passing exit exams By Theresa Harrington
      Contra Costa Times<tharrington@...?subject=ContraCostaTimes.com:
      More high
      school students passing exit exams>
      Posted: 09/02/2009 11:21:14 AM PDT

      Each year, more California students are passing the high school exit
      exam on their first try as sophomores, meeting the requirement they need to
      graduate with diplomas, according to test results released today.

      "I am pleased to see that these results show that California's high school
      students are continuing to meet the challenge of higher expectations," said
      Jack O'Connell, state superintendent of public instruction, in a media

      Statewide, 79.2 percent of tenth-graders passed the English language arts
      tests in one attempt, up more than 2 percentage points from the class of
      2008. Last year's sophomores did well on the math portion, with 79.8 percent
      acing the test in one sitting, up 4.3 percent from class of 2008 scores.

      In Contra Costa and Alameda counties, more than 80 percent of sophomores
      passed both exams, which assessed their abilities in tenth-grade English and
      eighth-grade math.

      By the end of their senior years, about 90.6 percent of California students
      in the class of 2009 had passed the test. But more than 45,000 California
      students who should have graduated with diplomas in 2009 failed to pass both

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