More than nine in ten seniors passed California's high school exit exam in time to graduate with their class last May.
Figures released today by the state Department of Education show
black and Hispanic students made the most progress, although their
scores still lag behind those for white students.
The pass rate is a cumulative total that includes multiple chances for students to take the English and math test, starting when they are sophomores.
Pass rates also increased for those taking the test for the first time in tenth grade.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell says the state needs to address the race gap in achievement rates.
He says minority students typically have not had as many qualified teachers as their white peers, haven't had the same quality school facilities and most importantly, haven't been held to the same expectations.