CLASS OF 2004 STRUGGLING WITH MATH.Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer
LANCASTER - State officials released results from the new high school exit examination, required for graduation starting with the class of 2004.
Fifty-two percent of the Antelope Valley Union High School District The Antelope Valley Union High School District (A.V.U.H.S.D.) is located in the Antelope Valley area of California, in northern Los Angeles County.
The district includes eight public high schools, one trade school, and two continuation high schools in the cities of Palmdale 10th-graders who took the test in March and May passed the English portion, and 22 percent passed the math section.
They have until senior year to pass both sections. Students who passed as ninth-graders did not need to take a section again.
``Math continues to be a struggle for us. You have to remember, this go- around, we are talking about kids who already tried the test once. These are kids who are already having some difficulties,'' said Susan Custer, director of curriculum and instruction.
Two subgroups of district students - special-education pupils and English-language learners - scored impressive gains, Custer added.
Eighteen percent of special-education students passed the test last spring, compared with 9 percent in 2001, while 25 percent of bilingual bi·lin·gual
a. Using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency.
b. students passed the exam this year, up from 18 percent, Custer said.
``That is noteworthy,'' Custer said.
A total of 182,515 10th-graders statewide took the English part of the test this year, and 248,328 took the math section.
The high school district scores were below the state average of 54 percent passing the English-language portion and 32 percent passing the math section of the California High School California High School (commonly referred to as Cal High) is a public school located in San Ramon, California, a suburb of San Francisco, Oakland, and Silicon Valley. Its mascot is a Grizzly Bear. The school's newspaper is The Californian which is published monthly. Exit Examination.
In Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County, 50 percent of the test-takers passed the English section, and 27 percent did so in math.
The area's highest scores for the second year in a row were posted by students in the Muroc Joint Unified School District A unified school district is a school district which includes both primary school (kindergarten through middle school or junior high) and high school (grades 9-12). In Illinois, these districts are called unit school districts. . In second were students from the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District.
Combined results from this year's and last year's tests show that about 48 percent of students in the state scheduled to graduate in 2004 have passed both parts of the test.
The high school graduation test is mandatory for students starting with the graduation class of 2004.
Students must score at least 60 percent on the English section and 55 percent on the math section to receive a high school diploma A high school diploma is a diploma awarded for the completion of high school. In the United States and Canada, it is considered the minimum education required for government jobs and higher education. An equivalent is the GED. .
Once a student passes the test, he or she is not required to retake re·take
tr.v. re·took , re·tak·en , re·tak·ing, re·takes
1. To take back or again.
2. To recapture.
3. To photograph, film, or record again.
1. it. Under the 1999 state law that created the test, students are to be given additional opportunities to retake failed sections until they pass.
``Unless the state Board of Education exercises its option to change the dates for high-stakes accountability, these students will be members of the first graduating class required to pass this test as a condition for receiving their high school diplomas,'' state schools Superintendent Delaine Eastin Delaine Eastin is a California politician. She served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 to 2003. A native Californian, Eastin received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis, and her master's degree in political science said in a statement.
``Although a large percentage of our students perform at or above state goals delineated de·lin·e·ate
tr.v. de·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing, de·lin·e·ates
1. To draw or trace the outline of; sketch out.
2. To represent pictorially; depict.
3. by rigorous academic content standards, today's results show there still are many students who need more assistance to meet the (exit exam) requirement,'' Eastin said.
HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM RESULTS
SOURCE: State Department of Education