State tests show students' skills in English-language arts category

Huntington Beach Union High School District students' exit exams show they are more skilled than their counterparts throughout the county and the state on average, and that 75% of those tested received a proficient or above score in the English-language arts category, according to data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education.

A summary of the English-language arts category of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) put the district's students on top with 92% passing the exam, versus 88% in the county and 82% in the state.

The exam is a requirement given to all high school students, but those with disabilities are exempt.

This year's test results show slight improvement among African American and Hispanic students throughout the state; 90.9% of African Americans passed the exam this year versus 89.6% last year, and 92.3% of Hispanics passed the exam this year compared to 91.4% last year.

—Mona Shadia

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