Oakland Sees Improvement in High School Exit Exam Scores
There was some good news for Oakland Unified School District in the latest California High School Exit Exam results, the passage rate for the class of 2012 showed a three percent gain over the previous senior class.
Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint says while there’s modest improvement, “nobody is turning cartwheels.”
That's because Oakland's overall passage rate on the exam for the most recent class was 80 percent, still 15 percent below the statewide rate.
“So that's still far below what it needs to be and that's a sobering reflection,” Flint says, “but we do applaud the progress and do hope that we accelerate it in the coming years.”
Students first take the exit exam as sophomores and can take it multiple times. But not all these students end up graduating. On the contrary, last year's graduation rates were far lower than the exit exam numbers: 60 percent for Oakland and 76 percent statewide.