Higher Percentage of 10th graders Pass 2013 California High School Exit Exam

LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2013) — Sixty-eight percent of current 10th graders in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) successfully passed both parts of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) on their first try as of March—two percentage points higher than last year.

“This is good news. We are moving in the right direction, but there is much more to be done,” Superintendent John Deasy said about the pass rate, the highest for 10th graders since the exam was first required in 2003-04.

California public school students must pass the English language arts portion, which includes writing an essay and the mathematics section on the state exit exam, plus meet all course requirements to receive a high school diploma. The latest increase reflects steady progress toward the District’s goal of 100 percent graduation.

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