More sophomore students are passing the state-mandated high school exit exam upon first attempt, with those in San Mateo County faring better than students statewide.
San Mateo County students scored a bit better with 87 percent passing the mathematics portion and 85 percent meeting the English requirements.
Passage rates for sophomores in San Mateo County districts for exams ranged from 77 percent to 89 percent in English and from 85 percent to 90 percent in math — increasing the passage rate for those taking the test for the first time.
Oceana High School, with 97 percent of students passing on their first attempt, was the county’s highest performing last year.
Jefferson Union High School District had 88 percent passing in math and 83 percent in English. Students in the South San Francisco Unified School District posted similar rates with 86 percent passing both exams. Then came Sequoia Union High School District with 86 percent passing math and 84 mastering the English portion. This way students are offered extra help at the start of high school, he said.
Nearly 95 percent of students from the Class of 2011 met the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) requirement, and tests administered over the last school year also showed improvement among the state's African American and Hispanic students, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
For the Class of 2011, the passing rate for students with disabilities was 54.6 percent compared to 47.8 percent for students with disabilities from the Class of 2006 (See Table 3).
From the Class of 2011, the percentage of African American students meeting the CAHSEE requirement was 90.9 percent compared to last year's 89.6 percent; Hispanic students: 92.3 percent over last year's 91.4 percent; Asian students: 97.7 percent over 97.4 percent; and white students: 98.4 percent over 98.1 percent (See Table 3).
For the mathematics portion, the gap between Hispanic and white students has narrowed by 12 percentage points from the Class of 2006 to the Class of 2013 (See Table 6).
Some 82.4 percent of the Class of 2013 has already passed the ELA portion, compared to 80.6 percent of the Class of 2012. State schools Supt. Tom Torlakson said Wednesday that nearly 95 percent of those in this year's senior class passed the test and passage rates among African American and Latino students increased. The exit exam completion rate among black students increased from 89.6 percent in 2010 to 90.9 percent this year while that of Latinos increased from 91.4 percent to 92.3 percent. That of Asian American students also increased from 97.4 percent to 97.7 percent while among white students, it increased from 98.1 percent to 98.4 percent.