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Local students show improvement in CAHSEE scores
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California High School Exit Exam results were released Wednesday and Turlock’s numbers are up by one percent.  
About 855 students passed their high school exit exams compared to 848 students in 2008, according to the California High School Exit Exam results.  
Overall, test scores are up throughout the state of California. Test scores are up by 2 percent, but that still leaves about 45,000 students will not be able to graduate high school if they don’t get a passing score on their next opportunity to take the exit exam.
“I am encouraged by the progress we have made toward preparing more students for graduation, but today California continues to leave too many behind,” said Gloria Romero, senator and chair of the senate education committee.  
“These test results are for students in grade 10, so they still have two more years to try to pass these tests,” said Sonny Da Marto, superintendent for the Turlock Unified School District.
As sophomores, they must take the test which consists of two parts — math and English. Both parts must be passed for the student to receive a diploma.  If they don’t pass the test the first time, they must retake the part of the test they failed until it is passed.       
This CAHSEE is essential to graduate because it is used to make sure the students have developed the skills that are essential for life after high school, according to the CAHSEE Web site.
The improving test scores are increasing the number of high school students graduating, as well as going along with Obama’s Race to the Top program.    
“Today’s CAHSEE results underscore the importance of California meeting President Obama’s challenge to Race to the Top and transform education,” Romero said.  
Obama’s Race to the Top program is about achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making substantial gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, improving high school graduation rates, and ensuring that students are prepared for success in college and careers, according to the Race to the Top Web site.  
“The district is pleased with the results for Turlock,” Da Marto said. “The number of students passing these tests are increasing which shows improvement.  
“We still have a way to go but we are showing progress,” he said.  
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.