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Majority of Hart students aced exit exams

Posted: September 2, 2009 12:59 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2009 12:59 p.m.
 

At least 90 percent of 10th-graders in the William S. Hart Union High School District passed the California High School Exit Exam on their first try, according to the 2008-09 figures released today by the California Department of Education.

Like the state, students in the Hart district have made small gains, compared to last year, in the number of students who pass the test when they take it the first time.

The figures are available online at http://cahsee.cde.ca.gov/ where parents can look up information about specific Hart district schools.

Among 10th graders who took the CAHSEE last March, 90 percent passed both tests, 91 percent passed math only and 90 percent passed English/language arts only.

The results are a slight increase from March 2008, when 89 percent of students passed both tests, 89 percent passed math only and 89 percent passed English/language arts only.

"We are pleased with the results," said Dave LeBarron, director of curriculum and assessment. "Our pass rate is quite a bit higher than both the state and the county."

Those figures includes English-language learners and students in special education, who also must pass the exit exam in order to earn their high school diplomas.

Every tenth-grader takes the exit exam for the first time in March, with a make-up test in May for those who were absent at the March testing and for high school seniors seeking one more chance to pass the exam. Public high school students are required to pass the exit exam in order to graduate from high school.

Overall, 90 percent of Hart district students passed the English/language arts portion of the test in 2009, compared with 77 percent of Los Angeles County 10th-graders and 79 percent in the state.

In math, 91 percent of Hart district students passed the first time compared with 77 percent in Los Angeles County and 80 percent in the state.

The graduating class of 2009 was the fourth required to pass the exam, and less than 3 percent of Hart district seniors failed to receive diplomas because they did not pass one or more sections of the exit exam.

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