The number of San Luis Obispo County students who passed the state’s high school exit exam on their first try continued to edge upward this year, according to data released by state education officials Tuesday.
The exam, which is first given to students in their sophomore year of high school, measures math and English proficiency.
Results for the 2009-10 school year show that 89 percent of sophomore students tested passed the math portion of the test and 86 percent passed the English portion.
A year ago 86 percent of the county’s 10th graders passed the math portion on their first try and 85 percent passed the English portion.
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County students continue to have a slight gain on students in the rest of California. Statewide, 81 percent of sophomores passed the English and math portions of the test.