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San Leandro High School Exit Exam Results Released

San Leandro Unified School District's results fell below both the county and state averages.

An average of about 75 percent of San Leandro students who took the California High School Exit Exam last year passed, according to results released by the state.

Students — who first take the test in 10th grade — must pass the exit exam by 12th grade in order to earn a high school diploma.

For the :

  • 72 percent of students tested passed the math portion of the test.
  • 79 percent of students tested passed the English portion of the test.

The district's results fell below both the county and state averages.

Alameda County

  • 84 percent of students tested passed the math portion of the test.
  • 84 percent of students tested passed the English portion of the test.

California

  • 84 percent of students tested passed the math portion of the test.
  • 83 percent of students tested passed the English portion of the test.

View the results on the California Department of Education website.

David August 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
If a rigorous curriculum is in place, then the failure lies either in teachers or students. If the former, then, as in Massachusetts, teachers actually need to be accountable for the results of their students' exams. If the latter, well, then you accept that most students in California just can't measure up to Mississippi students for some inherent reason. If there is no hope for California schools, because, after making our teachers #1 in average nationwide compensation, they still cannot be expected to produce middling results, then we should just shut them down and give out vouchers.
David August 26, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Rob, what I read from Mr. Heverly for example, is a highly compensated teacher complaining he can't make a great story like "Call of the Wild" relevant to his class. Again, as if "Beowulf" was relevant to my daily life in high school. My response is that it's his job to make it relevant and interesting to his students. If he can't, he should be replaced with someone who can. Here's just an example of how, in California, at every turn, the public school teachers' union works to avoid accountability. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444812704577605313042265518.html "In 1971 the state passed the Stull Act requiring that teacher evaluations take into account student progress. The legislature amended the law twice in the 1990s to make state standardized test scores a criterion for measuring progress." In June Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ordered the district to include student test scores in teacher evaluations in accordance with the law. As the judge noted, something's amiss when 99.3% of teachers receive the highest grade on their evaluations, but only 46% of students score proficient on language arts state tests. The ruling set a precedent for parents across the state to demand that their districts also obey Stull. [has our School Board been following Stull?] The Assembly has dutifully passed a bill, which the Senate is now considering, that makes teacher evaluations entirely subject to collective bargaining... This helps how?
Rob Rich August 27, 2012 at 02:25 PM
David, there is no doubt that there are state & Federal policies where we disagree. And the Patch can be an entertaining forum for sharing divergent views. What I'm looking for is something more: finding common ground at the local level for tangible efforts we can take to help our students.
David August 27, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Rob, I've given my suggestions. You're being a little bit like Leah here in clamoring for common ground and suggestions for tangible efforts while giving none yourself.
Rob Rich August 27, 2012 at 03:55 PM
David, there's lots of local effort going on around here to support San Leandro students. While I don't pretend to know how plugged in you are, I get the impression you have plenty to offer. Since you asked, I am a strong supporter of the parcel tax, I am working to increase volunteerism in our local schools, and I support SLED (the San Leandro Education Foundation). I would love to work with you on any or all. In addition I'm interested in your suggestions for other tangible efforts we can take locally to support our students. We may not see eye to eye on some issues, but I believe we both want our public schools to flourish.

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