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Mills High Students Excel on Exit Exam

The California Department of Education released the results of the California High School Exit Examination Wednesday.

More than 90 percent of students in class of 2014 passed the high school exit exam last year, according to data the state's Department of Education released Wednesday.

Every year, the state mandates that all 10th grade students take the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) as a graduation requirement. Those who do not pass have two opportunities during their junior year and five opportunities during their senior year to retake and pass the test.

The exam reflects student competency in math, reading and writing.

At Mills High, the percentage of passing students was higher than those in both the state and the San Mateo Union High School District. Ninety-three percent of Mills sophomores passed the math portion and 95 percent passed the English-Language Arts section. District wide, 91 percent of students passed each part of the test.

At the state level, 84 percent of students passed in math and 83 percent passed in ELA.

According to the California Department of Education, 95 percent of students, or 424,480, in last year's graduating class passed the test by the end of their senior year. This is the sixth year in a row improvement has been made, said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

However, Torlakson said there is still progress to be made.

“While I’m happy about the progress made by the Class of 2012, I still have concerns for the Class of 2013, the Class of 2014, and all the classes that will follow,” Torlakson said in a statement. “We have made solid improvement, but schools and districts are facing some unprecedented challenges right now. Overcrowded classrooms, shorter school years, and fewer teachers are in store for us unless we stop the cuts to education funding and begin restoring some of what has been cut in recent years.”

To see the rest of the CAHSEE results, visit the California Department of Education's website.

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