TTUSD students score above state averages in exit exams
Test results from the first ever California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) show Tahoe Truckee Unified School District students to be well above the state’s passing rate.
The results, which were released on Oct. 3, show that, statewide, 34 percent of the ninth graders who took the CAHSEE passed both the English-language arts and mathematics portions of the test.
“These results hold no surprises,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin in a statement. “We must remember that this test is the toughest of its kind in the nation and that many of these freshmen had not yet taken the courses covered by the exam, such as algebra.”
Forty-four percent of California’s freshmen passed the math portion of the test, which required a passing score of 55 percent. TTUSD students fared better with a 72 percent passing rate in math. The math test covered material through Algebra I.
Results were similar for the English portion, which covers standards through grade 10, includes two written essays and requires a 60 percent score to pass. The statewide passing rate for the English portion was 64 percent. Eighty-three percent of TTUSD students passed the English test.
Tahoe-Truckee High scored above North Tahoe High in both portions of the test with an 89 percent pass rate in English and a 76 percent pass rate in math. North Tahoe High had a 76 percent pass rate for English and a 66 percent for math.
Not every student took both parts of the test. But of the ones that did, 72 percent passed both at Tahoe-Truckee High and 68 percent passed both at North Tahoe High.
Approximately 78 percent of the state’s ninth graders took the CAHSEE last spring as volunteers. Approximately 98 percent of TTUSD freshmen took the test.
Freshmen who did not take or failed the test will be required to take it as tenth graders. Students will have several opportunities to take the test throughout their high school years.
Authorized by Senate Bill 2 in 1999, state law requires California public school students to pass the CAHSEE to receive a high school diploma, beginning with the graduating class of 2004.
This is in addition to school district graduation requirements.