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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 1:50 pm | Updated: 5:59 am, Thu Aug 25, 2011.

More Lodi Unified School District students are passing the annual high school exit exam than their counterparts countywide, but they still lag slightly behind the state rate and there is still an achievement gap among the races.

Still, the district saw overall improvement for the second straight year for first-time test takers.

The California High School Exit Exam was given earlier this calendar year to 10th-graders in the subjects of math and English-language arts. Questions are based on the California state standards, which define what students should be learning each year.

Results were released Wednesday.

Current law specifies that all public high school students must take the CAHSEE for the first time during their sophomore year. Those who do not pass it at that time have two opportunities their junior year and at least three and as many as five opportunities their senior year to pass the examination.

Students must pass the exam to receive a high school diploma.

Local rates

In Lodi Unified — which includes all of its high schools in both Lodi and North Stockton — the passage rate for sophomores on the math portion was 81 percent, compared to 78 percent last year. In the English-language arts section, 80 percent aced it, while 79 percent did in 2010.

At the San Joaquin County level, 79 percent of first-time test takers passed the math portion, while 78 percent did so in English-language arts.

Here’s how the Lodi school rates broke down:

  • Lodi High’s students remained relatively stagnant with a passage rate of 86 percent for both math and English-language arts. Last year, 86 percent of math students passed and 87 percent of those in English-language arts did so. The math figures were the same in both 2008 and 2009.
  • Tokay High students, however reversed last year’s backward slip from 2009. This year, 81 percent passed the math portion while 79 percent did well in English-language arts, compared to 76 and 75 percent on the respective tests in 2010.

In addition to providing a school-by-school look, the results released Wednesday compared both gender and ethnicity sub-categories.

Overall, female sophomores scored higher on English-language arts, while males did better in math.

Compared to white students, who had a 90-percent passage rate for English-language arts, Hispanics saw a 73-percent rate.

The achievement gap between black and white students was wider, with a 71-percent passage rate on the English-language arts section and 66 for math. Seventy-five percent of Hispanic students passed the math portion, as did 88 percent of white students.

An impressive 100 percent of students identified as American Indian scored 100 percent on the section.

Those students claiming two or more races saw the lowest passage rates, at 60 percent for English-language arts and 65 for math.

In reviewing results for the past four years, the achievement gaps between white students and their black and Hispanic peers have narrowed in English-language arts, but there are still strides to be made in math, according to district staff.

Past figures were unavailable.

Galt results

High school students who attend one of Galt’s two comprehensive high schools also saw improvement in their passage rates.

In math, 87 percent of district sophomores passed the math portion, compared to 83 percent last year, while the passage rate was 84 percent in English-language arts. Last year’s rate was 81 percent.

At Galt High, specifically, 86 percent passed the math portion compared to 83 percent last year. In English-language arts, there was an 81 percent passage rate, slightly lower than last year’s 84 percent.

And, for only the second year taking the test, Liberty Ranch students again bested the state rate. In math, there was an 88 percent passage rate (compared to last year’s 87 percent) and an 87 percent rate or English-language arts. Last year, 82 percent passed the exam on their first try.

On average, the scores are still higher than the county’s passage rate of 82 percent or math and 81 percent or English-language arts.

Overall, the district’s female sophomores did better on the tests; 91 percent passed the math portion and 92 percent English-language arts, compared to 83 percent and 75 percent, respectively, of males.

Like Lodi Unified, Hispanic students scored better on the math portion (83 percent passed) than English-language arts (77 percent), compared to 90 percent of white students on both subjects.

There are not enough scores of black, Asian or American Indian students in the Galt Joint Union High School District or the state to identify any of them as a sub-group.

State results

About 83 percent of students from the Class of 2013 met the math portion of the exit exam requirement, while 82 percent did for English-language arts. Tests administered over the last school year also showed improvement among the state’s black and Hispanic students.

The 2010–11 exam results show increasing passing rates among most demographic subgroups of students by the end of their senior year, according to a press release from the state Department of Education.

Overall, approximately 95 percent, or 422, 558 students, in the Class of 2011 successfully passed both the English-language arts and the mathematics portions of the CAHSEE by the end of their senior year.

The racial achievement gap has narrowed significantly between the Class of 2006 and the Class of 2013. For example, the percentage of black students in the Class of 2011 meeting the CAHSEE requirement was 91 percent compared to last year’s 90 percent; Hispanic students: 92 percent over last year’s 91 percent; Asian students: 98 percent over 97 percent; and white students: 98 percent for both years.

The percentage of students passing the examination the first time they take it has steadily increased. Some 82 percent of the Class of 2013 has already passed the ELA portion, compared to 81 percent of the Class of 2012. As for mathematics, the passage rate for first-time test takers in the Class of 2013 was 83 percent, compared to 81 percent of the Class of 2012.

For more information, or to view school, district, countywide and statewide results, visit cahsee.cde.ca.gov.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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