Record Number of LAUSD Students Pass State Exit Exams
Tenth-Grade Latinos, Blacks Gaining Ground on Tests
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 22, 2012) – A record number of 10th-grade students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) last year passed the high school exit exam on their first try, fulfilling a key requirement for graduation.
The outcome, released today by the California Department of Education, show that 67% of District sophomores passed both parts of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). This year’s all-time high figure reflects a 23 percentage point gain from 44% in 2003-04.
Board President Mónica García said: “We must continue to raise CAHSEE passage rates in the LAUSD, still it’s great to see another year of growth. I’m especially proud that the Latino population has grown by 27 percentage points since 2004. Congratulations to all.”
The upward trend in test results came despite severe funding cuts, as the District continues to transform student performance, said Superintendent John Deasy. “We achieved a record-setting pace this year for 10th-grade students, even though we sustained heavy cuts in funding to teachers and programs,” he said. “I’m proud of what’s been accomplished.”
Over the last eight years, pass rates for Latino students in the 10th grade have surged 27 percentage points to 65%. For African American students, the figure over the same period jumped 22 percentage points to 58%, according to the District.
The District kept pace or slightly outperformed the statewide average from a year ago. For instance, the percentage of sophomores passing English language arts rose 14 percentage points to 76% over the past eight years, trailing behind only Pasadena among urban districts. In math, the District’s students gained 19 percentage points over the same period to 77%, a larger increase than any other school district in the state, according to the California Department of Education.
All California public school students must pass the test for English language arts and mathematics to graduate, while fulfilling state and district course requirements. The test is offered first to 10th-graders. Those who do not pass one or both parts of the test can retake the exam in grades 11 and 12.
The test results also showed that older students made important strides in performance. Eleventh graders passing both parts of the test rose three percentage points from a year earlier to 80%, an all-time high in the District. High school seniors passing the test also rose to a record 88%, up two percentage points.
District schools with the highest pass rates for 10th graders were: Harbor Teacher Preparatory Academy, finishing for the third consecutive year at 100%; Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Magnet at 99%; Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet at 95%; Middle College High School at 94%, Daniel Pearl Journalism and Communications Magnet at 93%; Valley Alternative Magnet at 91%;Roosevelt High School Magnet at 91%; Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies at 91% and 32ndStreet/ USC Performance Arts Magnet at 90%.
Those schools recording the highest percentage point gain in pass rates for sophomores were: Los Angeles Teacher Preparatory Academy, rose 28 points to 67%; Ambassador Global Leadership grew 25 points to 73%; UCLA Community School jumped 19 points to 69%; Panorama Senior High School surged 16 points to 67%; Maywood Academy Senior High increased 15 points to 83%; Monroe Senior High rose 15% points to 73%; Los Angeles Global Studies climbed 14 points to 73%; Jordan Senior High grew 13 points to 49%;Los Angeles High School of the Arts at RFK increased 12 points to 78% and Torres Humanities/Arts/Technology expanded 12 points to 56%.