The majority of San Luis Obispo County students continue to pass the state’s high school exit exam on their first try.
In the 2010-11 school year, 88 percent of sophomores tested passed the math and English portions of the test, according to data released by the California education officials Wednesday.
In all, 2,794 county sophomores were tested in math and 2,805 in English.
County students continue to inch ahead of their statewide peers — 83 percent of statewide sophomores passed the math portion and 82 percent passed the English portion.
The exam, which is first given to students in their sophomore year of high school, measures math and English proficiency.
Students have multiple opportunities to retake the test if they do not pass the first try.
“The test is not meant to be any kind of measure of excellence, but basic proficiency,” said county schools Superintendent Julian Crocker. “It serves as a guarantee that students who pass are graduating with a certain level of basic skills.”
A year ago, 89 percent of the county’s 10th graders passed the math portion on their first try and 86 percent passed the English.
Of the county sophomores tested, 1,007 students were considered socioeconomically disadvantaged — those on free or reduced-price lunch programs or whose parents did not attend college. Those students showed a 76 percent passing rate in math and English.
English learners, who accounted for 237 of the sophomores tested, demonstrated a 51 percent passing rate in math and 43 percent in English.
Templeton Unified School District, which tested 410 sophomores, had the highest-ranking score of the county’s school districts, with 93 percent passing the math test and 95 percent passing the English test. Of those tested, 44 students were considered socioeconomically disadvantaged with 82 percent of those students passing the math portion and 86 percent the English.
San Luis Coastal Unified School District, which tested 1,134 sophomores, followed closely with 93 percent of those students tested passing the math test and 91 percent passing the English test. Of those tested, 260 students were considered socioeconomically disadvantaged with 83 percent of those students passing the math portion and 74 percent the English.
Shandon Joint Unified School District, which tested only 42 sophomores, had the lowest passing rates at 62 percent in math and 57 percent in English. Thirty-two of those students were considered socioeconomically disadvantaged; 56 percent of that group passed the math portion and 44 percent the English.
Students who do not pass either portion of the exam can retake it multiple times until the end of their senior year. If they do not eventually pass both portions, they cannot graduate.
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