State education officials say just over 90 percent of California's Class of 2009 passed the high school exit exam by the end of their senior year.
Data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education shows a 90.6 percent pass rate for this year's high school seniors, a slight increase from the previous year.
For San Diego County, the news is mostly positive. Students here outperformed the rest of the state. In San Diego Unified, 65 percent of students passed the math portion of the exam and 62 percent passed the English section -- an increase over last year when 61 percent passed math and 62 percent passed English, our partners at voiceofsandiego.org report.
Nearly 5 percent of 13,900 North County students heading into 12th grade still needed to pass at least one half of the test this year, the numbers show, according to the North County Times. Last year, nearly 6 percent of seniors were in that position the paper reports.
Almost all California high schools students are required to pass the exit exam to earn their diplomas, but the state suspended the requirement for students with disabilities in July.
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