That pushes the passage rate to 91%. Still, 9% of the students from the class of 2006 haven’t passed. That’s nearly 40,000. State school’s chief Jack O’Connell had this reaction:
"I’m overall pleased. It also shows that we have 9% of our students that have not mastered the essential concepts necessary to be able to thrive in this new economy. For the 9% of the students who have yet to pass - go to summer school, enroll in adult school, take classes online."
Critics of the test say it’s unfair to students who go to substandard schools with unqualified teachers.
Next week, an appeals court in San Francisco will hear arguments in a lawsuit over the merits of the exam.