More students passed exit exam than first reported

The Associated Press
Friday October 11, 2002

SACRAMENTO — More students passed the state’s high school exit exam than originally reported, state Department of Education officials announced Thursday. 

A computer glitch caused the state to underreport the aggregate number of high school students that passed the math and English portions of the high-stakes exit exam. Starting with the class of 2004, students are required to pass the test before they can graduate from high school. 

When the results were released last month, the department reported only 64 percent of the students set to graduate in 2004 passed the English language arts portion and 53 percent passed the math section.