The California Department of Education released results from the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) Wednesday afternoon that showed increasing passing rates among local students.
Last spring. 2,218 tenth grade students within San Ramon Valley Unified took the CAHSEE, which addresses state academic standards for English/language arts and math, with a nearly 100 percent pass rate.
Approximately 98 percent of students from the class of 2014 passed the sophomore-level English section, while 99 percent passed the eighth grade mathematics portion. The pass rate does not include special education students, who demonstrated 86 percent and 80 percent passing rates, respectively.
"We are very pleased with these results, but will continue to focus on helping the small number of students who need additional help to pass the test and ultimately graduate," said Superintendent Mary Shelton.
While passing rates among SRVUSD students improved by about 3 percent compared to last year, rates are also considerably higher than both state and county averages. According to statewide results, 84 percent of students passed both sections of the test. In Contra Costa County, 86 percent of students in received passing scores in English/language arts and 85 percent in math.
Eighty-seven percent of students scored "proficient or above" on the CAHSEE, with a 7 percent gap between genders. A majority of Asian students scored in this category.
Current law specifies that all public high school students must take the CAHSEE for the first time during sophomore year. Students who do not pass the CAHSEE have two opportunities during their junior year and at least three and up to five opportunities in twelfth grade to pass the examination.
The results for 201112 school year are provided at the school, district, county, and state levels and cover test administrations given in July, October, November and December 2010 and February, March and May 2011.