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Students Outperformed State and County Averages in Exit Exam

Students Outperformed State and County Averages in Exit Exam

The local students of California again gave an outstanding performance in the exit exam during the academic year of 2011-2012 as they outperformed state and county averages. The exit exam is actually a standardized test called as California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Its results determine whether a student can earn a high school diploma and it revolves around basic skills of English and Math. Students get first opportunity to take this exam when they are in 10th grade.

In the two campus district of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, scores of English and language arts broke down to 90 percent as compared to the previous year's which were 93 percent and rose in the subject of Math with a slight increase of 89 percent to 90 percent. Considering the county, 83 percent of the class passed the Mathematics section where as the same number of students passed the English-language art exam. On the other hand, 84 percent of the students passed the Math section and 83 percent passed the English-language art section, statewide.

The principal of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School (SYVUHS), Mark Swanitz said he was delighted and pleased to see the ultimate progress and great results achieved by the students. He seems to be proud of the students as well as the school's faculties and management members. This is because, they have helped the students in lot more aspects to achieve success and raise their performance levels. Results of the schools included scores of Refugio High School which is one of the district's small continuation schools in the SYVUHS campus. Among the 267 students who appeared for the test from the district, four students were from Refugio and there were five of them who took the Math test. As the number of students was very small, the exam committee did not announce separate results for the school. Similarly, many students from different high-schools of the state and county appeared for the test and passed it with good results.

According to the state law, all the public high school students are supposed to take the CAHSEE, first time in 10th grade. There are students who are not able to pass the test in first attempt and hence, they are given two more chances in grade 11 and five in grade 12. This exam initially began in 2006 for students to achieve the proficiency standards in Math and English prior to receiving their high-school diploma.