Crescenta Valley High School teacher Lisa Reed was concerned about
the 68 sophomores that have yet to pass the High School Exit Exam.
Along with Co-principal Linda Evans, Reed helped start a new
program at the school to help prepare stu- dents who wanted to enroll
for the next time they take the exam.
“It’s the only standardized test that directly affects a student,”
“It’s a high risk test, and that’s why we’ve taken it so
The program began this summer, and involves other students who
have passed the exam acting as tutors.
So far, student Suzie DaSilva is enjoying the class.
“I hope I pass it because I really want to graduate,” she said.
Suzie is part of the first class directly affected by the exam.
Students scheduled to graduate in 2004 who do not pass both the
English and math sections of the exam will not receive a high school
“They should have a class like this because we’re the first year
to have to take it,” she said.
“We need to be prepared and know what to expect.”
For her part, tutor Elizabeth Kim doesn’t mind giving up part of
her summer vacation to help her fellow students.
“I get to know people better,” Elizabeth, 16, said. “It’s like
All tutors do earn community service hours for their work, but
Reed said she is impressed by their dedication.
“The students wouldn’t get the special attention they do every day
if it weren’t for the tutors helping me,” she said.
“The tutors help keep them on task.”
Two sessions are offered -- an early morning session offers
instruction and review in English, and a class directly following
focuses on math. Students have daily class assignments, homework and
an occasional quiz, similar to the exam.