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Gilroy Students Lag Behind State in Exit Exam Results

Tenth graders from Gilroy's four high schools did not meet the state average pass rate.

Each year, the State of California mandates that public schools administer the California High School Exit Exam to tenth graders, which is meant to show statewide competency in math, reading and writing skills. 

If a high school sophomore fails the test, they are given up to seven additional tries before graduation to pass. According to results released Wednesday by the California Department of Education, 84 percent of sophomores passed the test in the 2011-2012 school year, and 95 of all students passed by the time they finished their senior year. The 95 percent mark shows a sixth straight year of improvement. 

In Gilroy however, tenth graders did not hit the state average for English proficiency. Across the four high schools, 84 percent of students passed the math portion, mirroring the state average, while 82 percent passed the English portion. Christopher High School students tested slightly better than Gilroy High School Students, while Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy showed a 100 percent pass rate.

See the full test results, broken down by school, below:

Math:

School Students Tested Students Passed Special Education Pass Rate English Learner Pass Rate Economically-Disadvantaged Pass Rate Not Economically Disadvantaged Pass Rate Gilroy High School 422 337 (80%) 23% 52% 75% 92% Christopher High School 356 316 (89%) 76% 43% 81% 94% Mount Madonna Continuation  13 3 (23%) n/a n/a 23% n/a Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy 67 67 (100%) n/a n/a 100% 100%

English:

School Students Tested Students Passed Special Education Pass Rate English Learner Pass Rate Economically-Disadvantaged Pass Rate Not-Economically Disadvantaged Pass Rate Gilroy High School 430 336 (78%) 21% 37% 72% 93% Christopher High School 354 308 (87%) 63% 33% 80% 91% Mount Madonna Continuation 15 2 (13%) n/a n/a 13% n/a Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy 66 66 (100%) n/a n/a 100% 100%

What do you make of the test results? Does this show flaws in the local school district? Any trends that surprise you? Tell us in the comments!

Tamara C. August 24, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Is it any wonder? Our kids are PACKED into classrooms like sardines with one teacher. God only knows what will happen if Prop 30 doesn't go through. More budget cuts and more classrooms with 40+ students = failing test scores. Vote for Prop 30. Get involved in your child's education. Donate your time and resources to your local school! :) Let's do the right thing, Gilroy.
Jacob Bourne (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Tamara, good point. What a tough position for the school district to be in — not meeting test score standards and being threatened with larger class sizes.

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