Record Rate of LAUSD’s 10th Graders Passed Exit Exams in 2013

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 29, 2013) –The percentage of 10th-grade students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), who passed the California High School Exit Examination in 2013, was the highest in its history, according to data released by the state today. 

During the 2012-13 school year, 69 percent of 10th graders in the District passed both the English language arts and mathematics portions of the exam. This compares with 67 percent the previous year and 44 percent from a decade earlier.

“The District has been making excellent progress in preparing our 10th grade students to succeed on the CAHSEE exam and continue the path toward graduation,” said Superintendent John Deasy.  The Superintendent also noted the 1 percentage point gain in the number of African-American sophomores who passed the exam, and the2 point increase in the number of Latino 10th graders who passed.

“Though more must be done, we are showing better results in serving our historically underserved student populations,” said Deasy.

Students are required to take the test for the first time in grade 10. Those who do not pass one or both parts of the exam as sophomores have up to two opportunities in grade 11 and up to five chances in grade 12 to retake the part or parts of the exam not yet passed.

All California public high school students must pass the test in English language arts and mathematics to graduate. Students with disabilities are exempted from meeting the requirement as a condition for graduation.

The pass rate for 11th graders enrolled in the LAUSD declined 1 point, from 80 percent to 79 percent. The pass rate for 12 graders (88 percent) was unchanged from 2012 to 2013.

Photo: English class at Hamilton High School.

Contact: Tom Waldman (213) 241-6766