Pasadena Unified School District students matched county passage rates for the California High School Exit Exam, though were slightly below state averages for the 2011-2012 school year..
The state mandates all 10th-graders take the CAHSEE in order to receive their high school diplomas, although those who do not pass have multiple opportunities during their junior and senior years to retake the exam.
Eight-two percent of PUSD students passed the English and Language Arts portion of the exam, and 82 percent also passed the math portion.
Comparatively, 83 percent of students statewide passed the English and Language Arts portion of the exam, and 84 percent passed the math portion. In Los Angeles County, 82 percent of students passed the math portion of the CAHSEE, while and 81 percent passed the English and Language Arts portion.
Update: PUSD officials noted in a press release that the pass rate has gone up over the past few years in the district from a 72 percent pass rate in 2008.