LOS ANGELES (AP) - State education officials say 95 percent of California's class of 2012 passed the high school exit exam, a one percentage point increase from the class of 2011.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Wednesday that the results marked the sixth consecutive year that the California High School Exit Examination pass rate has increased.
The most significant gains were recorded by African-American and Latino students - 91.9 percent of black students passed the test, a gain of 2.3 percentage points from the previous year, while 93.1 percent of Latino students passed, up by 1.4 points.
The exam is a state requirement for a high school diploma and is taken by California's 10th graders. If they do not pass, they receive remediation and take the exam again in 12th grade.
The Associated Press