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89% of sophs at Ripon High pass exit exam
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Most of the Ripon High sophomores have cleared one major hurdle towards graduation.

About 89 percent of the Ripon Unified School District 10th graders from last semester passed both portions of the California High School Exit Examination, according to the data released late last week by state Department of Education.

The CAHSEE is a requirement necessary for high school students to receive their diplomas. It was created by the state in an effort to improve the academic performance of public school youngsters, in particular, math, language arts and writing.

“Students take the CAHSEE first as sophomores,” said Kathy Coleman, RUSD Director of Curriculum Programs. “If they don’t pass initially, they’ll have two more opportunities to take it as juniors.

“They’ll also have multiple opportunities to pass it as seniors.”

The exam administered in February had 200 of the 224 RHS sophomores tested or 89 percent receiving a passing mark in English-Language Arts. That means the 24 who missed it will have chances to re-take that portion of the exam.

Ditto that for the 22 who missed the math part of the CAHSEE.

Ninety percent of RHS students or 199 of the 221 sophomores tested during the 2013-14 school year passed the math exam.

Coleman indicated that individualized programs are available to help gain the necessary skills to pass the CAHSEE.

How those figures stack up with the 39 schools in San Joaquin County?

About 83 percent of the county 10th grade students passed math while 79 percent received passing marks in English-Language Arts.

RHS sophomores of a year ago also exceeded the state averages. Eighty-five percent passed math while 83 percent did likewise in English.

The district, overall, had 240 students tested for English – included were 11 juniors and five seniors – and 238 (16 juniors and one senior) who took the CAHSEE earlier this year. Of that, 85 percent passed English and 86 percent passed math.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was thrilled to see the overall results, including over 95 percent passing rate – that mark tied the record high of the previous year – from the recently graduated Class of 2014.

“I am pleased California’s high school students continue to pass this graduation examination at record rates,” he said in a recent press release. “Dedicated educators have worked hard in difficult times to prepare students for college and careers, but we must keep striving for higher levels of achievement so all students have the skills, knowledge and tools they need to be successful.”

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