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Report: California dropouts increase in first year of exit exam

JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” A new report says the number of California high school dropouts spiked in 2006, the first year seniors were required to pass the state’s exit exam.

As a result, California’s high school graduation rate fell about 4 percent.

The findings came in a report commissioned by the state Board of Education and made public Wednesday.



It says 24,000 high school seniors dropped out in 2006, about 10,000 more than just four years earlier.

The lowest scores on the exam were in schools with high concentrations of minority and poor students.



That finding underscores a persistent achievement gap when those students are compared with their white and Asian counterparts. The state school superintendent says he is determined to narrow that divide.


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