Talk about a high-stakes test. Unless you pass both sections of the California High School Exit Exam — English and math — you don’t get a high school diploma.
Students take the exam for the first time as 10th-graders (the test includes some Algebra I concepts and English standards through grade 10) and they may retake it several times in their junior and senior years. Last year, 100 percent of the students in Piedmont Unified passed both subjects as 10th-graders, and the same was true this year at the American Indian Public High School.
I put together a spreadsheet with four pages that breaks down the first-time pass rates by district and race/ethnicity and highlights changes (by district in Alameda and Contra Costa counties) from last year to this year.
Tab 4 — titled “OUSD” — lists Oakland’s high schools, including charters, in alphabetical order and then, below, sorts them from highest to lowest 10th-grade pass rates in each subject. The charter schools are definitely clustered at the top.
Or, if you prefer, you can go straight to the source: the CDE’s CAHSEE website.
I was struck by the large gap in 10th-grade pass rates between OUSD’s low-income, black and Latino students and their similarly classified peers statewide (see the “race-ethnicity” tab). Why do you think that is?