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More 10th Graders Passing LAUSD Standardized Test

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More 10th graders passed their California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) this year than ever before, according to LAUSD. In a statement, LAUSD officials said that in the 2010-2011 school year, 65 percent of 10th graders passed the exam, which they are required to take in order to receive a high school diploma. The number is up from 62 percent last year, and has gone almost steadily up since the test was first required in 2004-2005 and just 44 percent of students passed.

Some attribute the ongoing success to practice tests that students began taking last year in 9th grade, called the CAHSEE Diagnostic. Those who didn't pass the diagnostic test were set up with a plan of action to help them pass the real thing. In the statement, Judy
Elliott, Chief Academic Officer for the LAUSD had this to say:

“The increase in first-time pass rates is due to the practice on the test and most importantly, the direct and tailored CAHSEE intervention that was revamped and implemented this year," [she said.]

In addition to the improvements made with 10th graders, 12th graders have remained nearly steady in their successful completion of the test, with 85 percent passing. 11th graders also remained steady, with 77 percent passing the test.