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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2008 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
The number of students graduating from Los Angeles public schools has declined for two straight years even as enrollment in the 12th grade has been rising sharply, new state data show. The graduation slump began when California started requiring students to pass an exit exam before they could receive a diploma. The data caught educators by surprise after they were quietly posted on the state Department of Education website.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
As early as fourth grade, students who will be at risk of failing the high school exit exam -- a state requirement to earn a diploma -- can be identified based on grades, classroom behavior and test scores, according to a new study released Tuesday.
OPINION
April 12, 2008
Re "Who's a dropout?" editorial, April 6 I have a suggestion for counting students who don't graduate from California high schools. All schools have a given number of students who enter ninth grade each year and each school also has a given number of students who graduate each year. By comparing these data over several years and for each high school, it would be easy to establish an accurate pattern of actual dropouts. One local high school has more than 900 students who enter the ninth grade each year and fewer than 400 students graduate each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
More seniors are passing the state's high school exit exam, but failure rates among poor and minority students remain disproportionately high, and dropouts are not counted in the state's numbers, the state Department of Education said Thursday. As of May, the pass rate for the class of 2007 was 93.3%, a 2.1 percentage point increase over the class of 2006 for that period. The pass rate also was higher for some lower-scoring groups, including African American students, who saw a gain of 4.
OPINION
August 16, 2007
Liliana Valenzuela was a high school senior with a 3.84 grade-point average who ranked 12th in her class. She could not, however, pass the English portion of California's high school exit exam and, by law, was barred from graduating. Valenzuela became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit asserting that students should not be denied diplomas because their schools failed to prepare them for the exam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2007
A Superior Court judge Monday approved a settlement in a lawsuit over California's mandatory high school exit exam. The settlement calls for school districts to offer two years of test-preparation instruction to students who did not graduate on time because they did not pass the exam. The accord is part of a bill awaiting legislative approval that would allow school districts to spend state funds on instruction for such students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State officials Thursday announced the tentative settlement of a lawsuit over the mandatory high school exit exam that would provide two years of instruction beyond a student's senior year. The accord is part of a bill awaiting expected legislative approval. It provides $72 million but does not require school districts to participate. Exam critics say the test penalizes students who lack an equal opportunity to learn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2007 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
California education officials put forth artificially positive results on the number of students who passed the state's controversial high school exit exam last year, according to a recent UCLA study. The analysis also concluded that about 50,000 fewer students statewide earned diplomas last year compared to previous years, raising the prospect that the exit exam requirement is pressuring students to drop out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2007 | Adrian G. Uribarri, Times Staff Writer
At first they didn't succeed, so they tried, tried again. Of about 40,000 students who failed the mandatory California High School Exit Examination last year, about 45% have enrolled for a fifth year of high school or an adult education program, according to new figures from the California Department of Education. About 4,800 passed after taking the test once more. The data also show that this year's class of graduating seniors has a pass rate of 91.
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