LAUSD 10th graders hold steady on state high school exit exams
LA School Report | September 19, 2014
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The state today released the latest California High School Exit Examination results, and the news for LA Unified is either encouraging or disappointing, depending on your point of view.
The percentage of district 10th-grade students who passed the on their first attempt, remained at near-historical highs, according to state figures showing that 68 percent of District 10th graders passed both the English Language Arts and mathematics portions of the exam in 2013-2014.
That compares with 69 percent from a year earlier, an all-time high, and with 44 percent in 2003-04, the year the exam was first given statewide.
“We held mostly steady for the year, but when you look at the historical trends, we’re making great progress in preparing our sophomores and other students for graduation,” Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement. “There’s no doubt that we have more work to do in serving our historically-underserved students, and we are committed to doing so.”
Overall, 78 percent of sophomores passed the English Language Arts portion of the test, and 79 percent passed the mathematics part, recording a 1-percentage point increase in both subjects from the previous year.
The results in English Language Arts for 10th graders compared with 71 percent in 2008-2009. In mathematics, L.A. Unified students have shown a similar pattern of growth.
The rate of 11th graders who passed both exams rose this year by one percentage point, to 80 percent from a year ago. Among seniors, 87 percent passed, a decline of 1 percentage point from the previous year.
Schools with the highest percentage point gain in 10th graders’ pass rates
May 2013 May 2014 1-Year Change
Marquez Senior High 55% 72% 17%
R.F. Kennedy Senior High Arts 63% 79% 16%
Jefferson Senior High 49% 62% 13%
RFK UCLA Community School 60% 73% 13%
Rivera Learning Center 52% 65% 13%
Torres Humanities/Arts/Tech 50% 63% 13%
Legacy Senior High 61% 73% 12%
Chavez Language Arts 49% 61% 12%
Rivera Learning Com & Tech 51% 63% 12%
Carson Academy of Med Arts 79% 90% 11%
RFK Ambassador Global 51% 61% 10%