Shane Goldmacher is a former reporter for Capitol Weekly. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he served as editor of the Berkeley Political Review.

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  • 1A: 76.9-23.1
    1B: 61.3-38.7
    1C: 57.4-42.6
    1D: 56.6-43.4
    1E: 64-36
    83: 70.6-29.4
    84: 53.7-46.3
    85: 45.9-54.1
    86: 48-52
    87: 45.2-54.8
    88: 23-77
    89: 25.5-74.5
    90: 47.6-52.4

    U.S. Sen.
    Feinstein 59.7
    Mountjoy 34.9
    Gov.
    Schwarzenegger 55.8
    Angelides 39.2
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 49.5
    McClintock 44.9
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 56.7
    Poochigian 37.9
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 48.5
    McPherson 44.7
    Treasurer
    Lockyer 54.8
    Parrish 37
    Controller
    Chiang 50.9
    Strickland 40.1
    Insur. Comm.
    Poizner 50.7
    Bustamante 38.9

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    Gov.
    Angelides 48.2
    Westly 43.1
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 42.9
    Speier 39.3
    Figueroa 17.8
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 63.2
    Delgadillo 36.8
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 61.1
    Ortiz 38.9
    Treasurer
    Parrish 56.4
    Richman 43.6
    Controller
    Democratic primary
    Chiang 53.4
    Dunn 46.6
    Republican primary
    Strickland 40.9
    Maldonado 36.9
    Insur. Comm.
    Bustamante 70.5
    Kraft 29.5
    Supt. of Schools
    O'Connell 52.5, avoids run-off

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    73: 47.4-52.6
    74: 45-55
    75: 46.6-53.4
    76: 38-62
    77: 40.5-59.5
    78: 41.5-58.5
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    Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    90 percent pass exit exam

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell reports that 90 percent of seniors passed the high school exit exam.

    "Nearly 90 percent of this year’s seniors have passed the California High School Exit Exam," O’Connell said. "This shows that students are acquiring the necessary knowledge and our high schools are focused on making sure students who graduate have the essential mathematics and English-language skills they will need to survive in the workplace or college."

    Researchers from the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), an independent evaluator of the CAHSEE, analyzed the success rate on the test for the class of 2006 as of the fall 2005 administrations of the test. HumRRO estimates that 89 percent of the class of 2006 have passed both the mathematics and the English-language arts sections of the CAHSEE.

    In raw numbers, an estimated 47,925 seniors have yet to pass both portions of the CAHSEE as of January. Passing the exit exam is one of a number of graduation requirements students must meet before they can earn a diploma.


    Below is the estimate by ethnic and economic groups:

    Percentage Passed as of January 2006

    All Students
    89%

    Female
    89%

    Male
    88%

    Asian
    94%

    Hispanic
    82%

    African-American
    80%

    White
    96%

    English Learner
    69%

    Economically Disadvantaged
    82%

    Comments on "90 percent pass exit exam"

     

    Anonymous Grant McMicken said ... (8:29 PM) : 

    I do not agree with Jack O'Connell that passing the CAHSEE "shows that students are acquiring the necessary knowledge and our high schools are focused on making sure students who graduate have the essential mathematics and English-language skills they will need to survive in the workplace or college." The CAHSEE is a minimum competency test. I certainly would like to see a brake down of the scores by number of students passing at each percentage value. It only takes 55% to pass the CAHSEE. A grade of 55% is failing in my classroom and most certainly would not prepare a student to continue to the next level of a course or make that student ready for the world into which he/she is to enter after high school. Let's stop lying with statistics. Let's take a hard look at our educational system, to see what works and for whom it works, then look at what we can do to really make every student ready for life after high school.

    Grant McMicken
    High School Mathematics Teacher
    Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:12 AM) : 

    I FEEL THE EXIT EXAM IS ANOTHER SET BACK FOR OUR KIDS THEY ALREADY HAVE ALOT ON THEIR PLATE TO DEAL WITH AS BEING A SENIOR THEN TO ADD SOMETHING IS NOT AIR AT ALL THESE STUDENTS WORK HARD TO GET WHERE THEY OUR AND IF THEY MAKE IT TO THE 12TH GRADE AND A TEST IS PUT ON THEM AND THEM CAN NOT PASS IT THEN REALLY WHOM SHOULD BE AT FOUGHT THEM OUR THE TEACHERS ITS JUST SHOWING THAT THE TEACHERS OR JUST PASSING THEM AND DO NOT CARE THERE WAS ALOT OF KIDS WALKING AROUND WITH 3.0 ABOVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE HOW IS THAT AND THEY CAN NOT PASS THIS TEST NOW WHOM IS HELD ACCOUTABLE FOR THAT HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT MAYBE SOME STUDENTS HAVE A HARD TIMES WITH TESTING THAT DO NOT MEAN THEY DO NOT KNOW THE WORK. IT HAS BEEN TOLD FOR SOME TIME NOE YOUR MOTTO IS NO KIDS LEFT BEHIND WHAT DO YOU CALL THIS WHEN A CHILD HAS EARNED ALL THEIR CREDITS AND IS NOT ALLOWED TO GRADUATE BECAUSE OF A TEST. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT GIVING THE TEACHERS THE TEST AND SEE HOW WELL THEY DO OR YOU THINK IT WOULD BE AND EMBRASSMENT TO YOUR TEACHERS? AND YOU ALSO SPEAK ABOUT THIS TEST BEING FOR 8TH GRADE AND 10TH GRADE SO WHY THE 9TH GRADER OR NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE THIS TEST UNTIL 10TH GRADE YOU NEED TO THINK NICE AND LONG ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO THESE KIDS HERE IT IS THIS TEST IS AFFECTING THESE KIDS LIFE NOT ONLY THAT YOUR NOT EVEN SURE ABOUT THE TEST IT IS A BACK AND FORWARD THING IT'S BEING TALK ABOUT JUST ABOUT EVERYDAY ON THE RADIO IN THE NEWSPAPER AND IT'S BACK AND FORWARD IN COURT SO TELL ME WHAT WILL YOU DO IF IN NINETY DAYS THE COURTS RULE AGAINST THIS TEST HOW WILL YOU GIVE THESE KIDS THEIR SPECIAL DAY BACK MEANING THE ONE'S THAT DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO MARCH ACROSS THE STAGE CAN YOU TELL PEOPLE THAT I THINK NOT IT EASY FOR SOMEONE THAT HIS THEIR DIPLOMA TO SPEAK YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE PRESSURE YOU ARE PUTTING ON THESE KIDS THIS MAKES A CHILD NOT WANT TO MOVE FORWARD IN LIFE AND THE ONE'S THAT'S GOING THROUG IT NOW MAKES THEM JUST WANT TO GIVE UP BECAUSE BASCIALLY THAT'S WHAT THIS SYSTEM HAS DONE.

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:32 AM) : 

    THIS TEST HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT ALOT BY STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS MAYBE IF THIS TEST WAS GIVIN EARLY ON LIKE EIGHTH GRADE IT COULD BETTER HELP THE STUDENTS IT'S LIKE YOU ADDING SO MUCH IN SO LITTLE TIME THIS KIDS HAS SO MUCH THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH MAYBE YOU SHOULD FIND A BETTER WAY OF DEALING WITH IS SITUATION AND TO TAKE THIS TEST TO DETERMINE IF A CHILD SHOULD GRADUATE IS LUDACRIS, IF SHOULD BE ABOUT WHAT AREA THEY NEED MORE HELP IN NOT STOP THEM FROM GRADUATING IF THE TEACHER START COMMUNICATING MORE WITH THE PARENTS AND NOT THE STUDENTS MAYBE IT COULD BE A PROBLEM SOLVE AS WELL OUR KIDS IS OUR FUTURE WE TRY OUR BEST TO INSTALL IN THEM THE BEST VALUE EVERY AND TELL THEM THAT EDUACATION IS VERY IMPORTANT THING WITHOUT EDUCATION LIFE IS JUST HARD WE TELL OUR CHILDREN IT IS IMPORTANT TO DO ALL THAT IS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE. WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL IT WAS REQUIRED TO HAVE 220 CREDITS, NOW THEY WHAT TO ADD ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS DO YOU THINK THAT'S FAIR A CHILD IS TOLD THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL YOU NEED 220 TO PASS NOT YOU NEED TO PASS ADN TEST YOU HAVE TO COME UP WITH A BETTER PLAN FOR THESE KIDS NO ON WANTS TO SEE THE KIDS FAIL AND THAT'S JUST WHAT WE ARE SEEING.

     

    Blogger lay said ... (11:29 AM) : 

    ashlee sampson
    i am a 18 yr old student who attended elkgrove high, i came from the state of oklahoma . There i had never heard of an exit exam, it wasn't a graduation requirement there. The requirements were to pass the courses. We'll i moved here to sacramento California my senior year. They began telling me about this exam which i was suprised about. I had to take it in the beginning of the year. We recieved our results in the middle of the year. I didn't understand why we recieve them back 4 0r 5 months later. When i recieved my results it was said i passed the english part but i failed the math portion by 5 points. The passing requirement was 350. so that next semester i had to take a cahsee prep course to do retakes. so i did, when the test came back around i took it and I was confident about it. I began badgering them about the results and when they should be expecting them ,they told me toward the end of the year. So me in great confidence; i just knew i had passed it i bought my capping gown invitaions, set a graduation party date,bought family tickets,and all the rest of that fun stuff.A week before graduation i went into the office and they had recieved my results, she told me i had failed it again i had 346 i needed 350. I can't even explain the way i felt it was a day i've never experienced in my life.I showed up the day after to try to go to rehearsal because i didn't believe it and i got my heart broken again. I was recently enrolling into consumnes river community college at this time. So i didn't get to walk the stage which meant so much to me ,recieve a diploma, or get a certificate of completion. I feel that at least students who don't pass the exam should at least walk the stage with a certificate of completion, and then proceed to go back and take it. They then told me to take a summer school course to prepare again for the exit exam so i did. Here it is im through with the class and it's time for me to take it again. I did i spent time just like the last time it was a quiet and peaceful testing enviornment. I finished they told me the results will be in mid september i said ok. i went back mid september they told me sorry ashlee you didn't pass it you got 348 and you need 350. She said but this time you'll have to go through adult ed, so when you do pass it instead of it being from us it'll be from them. so basically like i graduated from there which to me is not good news for me. i know people say it dont mattter how where you get it from long as youget it to me i feel like i worked hard to be rewarded this. i'm the first in my family to graduate high school and go to college. I was inducted into the national honor society, majorette in the marching band, choir, basketball player, track star, all these things i did before i had come to california. I showed my certificate to the school when i first enrolled to see if they was going to put me in the scholars program like i had just earned before coming, they said i needed to have a semester worth of grades there before they could. I said ok i did what it took there was a situtaion its too much to talk about it. bottom line i feel like i was cheated out of my eduation i care about it i've struggled and fought for it and i feel cheated. i'm not one of those teens who don't want to do anything with their life. I'm majoring in biology, to get to med school to become a pediatrician. i'm not gone give up on taking the test to get my diploma not anything

     

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