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More students pass exit exam

August 24, 2011 |  4:47 pm

Photo: Students take a prototype of the state's planned high school exit exam at Bassett High in La Puente. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times A larger percentage of high schoolers are passing California's high school exit exam, state education officials announced Wednesday.

Almost 95% of all high school seniors passed the exam last year, a slight increase from the year before and up nearly four percentage points from 2006. Virtually all groups, including black and Latino students, also saw at least a small increase in the percentage of students who successfully completed the exam.

In Los Angeles, 75% of 10th-graders passed both the math and English portions of the test, the district's highest number ever, officials said.

All public school students are required to take the exit exam starting in 10th grade and may continue to take it until they are seniors. If they do not pass, they are not granted a diploma. The test consists of a math and English section. 

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Photo: Students take a prototype of the state's high school exit exam at Bassett High in La Puente. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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