About 96 percent of students in the Class of 2014 here passed either the math or English portions of the California High School Exit Exam, with 94 percent passing both. The overall pass rate represents a 1 percent increase over the prior year.
The Long Beach Unified School District’s pass rates on the exit exam remain competitive with California’s pass rates even though Long Beach has a greater percentage of disadvantaged students than California as a whole. The statewide pass rate for the Class of 2014 was 95.5 percent, matching the record high passage rate from last year.
"I am pleased California's high school students continue to pass this graduation exam at record rates," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. "Dedicated educators have worked hard in difficult times to prepare students for college and careers, but we must keep striving for higher levels of achievement so all students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful."
State law authorized the development of the exit exam in 1999. The law requires students in California public schools to pass the test – in addition to meeting other graduation requirements – to earn a high school diploma.