By ESTHER AVILA firstname.lastname@example.org
HMA Class of 2016 is ready to graduate
Harmony Magnet Academy’s Class of 2016 is set to graduate. Every single one — 100 percent of 100 students who were sophomores last year at HMA — passed the California High School Exit Exam.
“We’re always very pleased when we have 100 percent passing and to have one school accomplish that is quite phenomenal,” said Porterville Unified School District Superintendent John Snavely. “No matter how many or how few schools passed 100 percent, it speaks well for our program.”
It was the first time a group of HMA’s sophomores accomplished the task, but other sophomores have been close and have passed each year with percentage scores in the high 90s.
The test is a state requirement for graduation, administered each year to ensure students who graduate from public high schools demonstrate competency in reading, writing and mathematics.
All public high school students must take the CAHSEE for the first time in 10th grade. Anyone not passing, has two more opportunities in 11th grade and up to five opportunities in 12th grade to pass the exam.
At Porterville and Monache high schools, 82 and 83 percent, respectively, of last year’s sophomores passed math; and 74 and 81 percent, respectively passed English Language Arts (ELA).
Granite Hills and Strathmore high schools had 78 and 80 percent of last year’s sophomores, respectively, passing math; and 71 and 70, respectively, passing ELA.
Last year’s sophomores at Lindsay High School had 69 percent passing the math portion, and 70 percent passing the ELA portion, of CAHSEE.
The average across high schools in Tulare County was similar, with 5,731 or 82 percent of last year’s sophomores passing math, and 5,548 or 79 percent of them passing ELA.
The results were released Friday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.
Torlakson also said, of California’s Class of 2014, 95.5 percent graduated — matching the record high passage rate of 2013.
“I am pleased California’s high school students continue to pass this graduation exam at record rates,” Torlakson said. “Dedicated educators have worked hard in difficult times to prepare students for college and careers, but we must keep striving for even higher levels of achievement so all students have the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to be successful.”
The estimated 95.5 percent of the students (totaling 417,960) from the Class of 2014 who met the CAHSEE requirement by the end of their senior year equals the same overall pass rate achieved by the Class of 2013, and represents a 5.1 percentage point increase since 2006, when the test was first required for graduation.
The state data exclude students with disabilities, who have been exempted from passing the exam as a requirement for graduation since 2009.