Results released by Sacramento reveal majority of students pass high school exit exam.
Scores released this morning by the California Department of
Education show that 87 percent of students in the William S. Hart District passed
the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) in 2008.
The exam, which became mandatory for graduation in 2006, is first
given to sophomores. Those who do not pass the test that year are given two
more opportunities to take the test in their junior year; if they do not pass
then, there are five more chances to take the test before completing senior
Those students’ numbers are then included in future result
tabulations; some of the numbers released today could include students from the
classes of 2006 and 2007 who did not pass the test in time to walk with their
Dave LeBarron, director of curriculum and assessment for the
Hart district, acknowledged that some students do not pass the test and
subsequently do not graduate.
“About 13 percent of our students don’t pass, but there are
always options,” he said. “Those are our students in intervention programs who
are offered personal support in math and English. We work with the students and
give them every opportunity to succeed.”
Unlike the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program,
districts are not currently being held to a strict deadline of 100 percent
success. That program requires that all school districts show 100 percent
improvement or risk losing subsidies and other support.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell
said that the estimated percentage of students in the Class of 2008 who met the
CAHSEE requirement was 90.2 percent. Females scored slightly better than males,
with 91.6 percent of female students passing compared to 88.8 percent of males
The report also indicated that nearly 54 percent of students
receiving special education services met the CAHSEE requirement. In addition to
students receiving special education services, a lower percentage of African
American students, Latino students and students learning the English language
met the requirements than students who are white or Asian.
The results also show a greater percentage of economically
disadvantaged white students are passing the exit exam than African American
students who are non-economically disadvantaged.
The reports are available at the California Department of
Education website at www.cde.ca.gov, click
on the “testing and accountability” tab.