PVUSD Test Scores Fall Short of State Average

The California High School Exit Exam results show local students are on-par with the school district's performance in prior years.

Test scores for tenth graders in the  lagged behind those of other students in the county and the state, according to the California High School Exit Exam results released Wednesday morning.

But statewide, the percentage of students from the Class of 2012 meeting the CAHSEE graduation requirement increased slightly over last year to 95 percent, marking the sixth straight year of improving performance, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

“When 95 percent of California students are hitting the mark—despite the tremendous challenges we face and the work we still have to do—there’s an awful lot going right in our public schools,” Torlakson said in a prepared statement. “I congratulate the students who succeeded on this test, the teachers who provided invaluable instruction, and the parents who gave their support and encouragement.”

The CAHSEE is administered each year to ensure that students who graduate from public high schools demonstrate competency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students who do not pass the CAHSEE in 10th grade have two opportunities in 11th grade and up to five opportunities in 12th grade to pass the exam.

2012 CAHSEE Results
for 10th graders
Math (% passing) English/Language 
Arts (% passing) PVUSD 76 75 Santa Cruz County 81 82 California 84 83

In PVUSD, the largest school district in Santa Cruz County, the highest test CAHSEE scores were recorded at  , where 88 percent of students passed the math portion of the test and 92 percent passed the English/Language Arts section.

Also performing well on the exams were students at the  , a small vocational program in Watsonville.

Among the school district's two other traditional high schools, Watsonville High students tested slightly better than their counterparts at .

The PVUSD results are consistent with .

2012 CAHSEE Results for 10th graders School Math 
(% passing)
Number of students testing English/Language
Arts (% passing) Number of students testing


86 14 79 14 Aptos High 88 369 92 367 New School 27 11 25 12 Pacific Coast Charter 31 58 29 66 Pajaro Valley High 69 384 70 388 Renaissance High 29 24 23 26 Watsonville High 76 491 71 490

This year's CAHSEE results were delayed because of , including Watsonville High, that led to photos of test materials being posted online.

aptospirate August 23, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Goverment schools should be disbanded and private interest should take over. No more union protected idiots teaching kids. Plus the overpaid slackers might even get off theyr'e arses and do some real work. Hows my money in your pension plan working greedy teach.
HeyJude August 23, 2012 at 03:37 AM
This "greedy (public school) teach" really enjoyed reading the nonsensical comments from someone who obviously didn't excel in school. For, had "aptospirate" been in my class, s/he would know the correct placement of an apostrophe in a contraction, as well as how to correctly spell government. Plus, if s/he had been in my class, s/he would know to do some research before making generalized statements about all public school teachers. S/he should know that I just got home from my high paying (!) job, around 8:00; I'm sure that s/he wouldn't constitute that behavior as one of a "slacker!" And, I might say that "aptospirate" may be the one who's the "idiot!"
Cathy P. August 23, 2012 at 02:51 PM
@aptospirate: FYI: the state with the highest state test scores (2011), Massachusetts, is the most unionized state for teachers. Conversely, South Carolina, the most anti-union state in the country, shows the worst performance among its students. Yet it is somehow the unions' fault that students aren't performing well? The politics around blaming teachers is simple: if you're not going to go after the legitimate targets for educational failures, then look for scapegoats. Replacing public schools with charter and non-union schools, busting the teachers unions by stripping teachers of collective bargaining rights, etc., is not the answer. And btw, if you can read this, thank a teacher.
David H. Perez August 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
@aptospirate - I support the comments of HeyJude and CathyP. - couldn't have said it better myself. You must be very proud of your ignorance and stupidity, so much so that you have chosen to share it publicly. Teachers are the most overworked and underpaid of any professionals. Privatization of education is not the answer. Having our schools run by greedy profit-based institutions who only care about obscene salaries for their CEO's and obscene profits for their shareholders would lower the quality of education. Not that that would matter to you, of course. 100% of the money needs to be directed toward educating our kids, NOT profits. If we start cutting teacher pay and benefits, fewer people would choose the teaching profession and the pool of teachers we would have would not be the cream of the crop. For your information, aptospirate, Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education has a great program with some fabulous instructors. I suggest you make use of it, educate yourself a little and learn how to write.
aptospirate August 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
ahh once again the greey teachers attack!! Goverment monoploy of education has ruined this country hope your proud of your failing students. Just keep showing up and failing our kids its what GuVment unions workers do best.
Cathy P. August 23, 2012 at 04:58 PM
David H. Perez August 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
@aptospirate: Yeah, you are the poster child for failing kids. Please take a pill and try not to speak.
aptospirate August 23, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Me the poster child for failing kids ? what the hell you talking bout fool, and seems to me ridalin was passed out by teachers to do just that shut kids up. You are a typical lib. Poster child for what hippy's have done to our schools your solution is drugs. I'll speak any bloody time I want Perez. Drug testing teachers would be a good start to cleaning up the mess which is the ed. sys. But the stinking union won't let that happen !! And the rest o u teachers pey mor attn. to your students spelling than mine. That all you got ignore the substance and attack the grammer. Shame on greedy slackers. Vouchers NOW!!!
venajean September 05, 2012 at 07:56 PM
What school(s) in Santa Cruz County do you plan to send your kids to with a voucher?
Eye B. Tender September 15, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Really trying to lord it over on aptospirate aren't cha? But, these tax money supported Dirty Demo shills are even tougher on those who have far more talent and better educations than they do. As my dear mother used to explain about why the local public school teachers were so mean to me: "They want to pound all the pegs down until they're perfectly level. You stand out Eye B so you attract their attention,"


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