Without funds, education leaders fear, California gains may disappear

09/2/2009 | San Francisco Chronicle

Almost 80% of California's sophomores passed the English and math sections of the state's high-school exit exam, a small gain over results from previous years. Special-education students also showed improvement on this year's test, and the achievement gap was narrowed slightly. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said he was pleased with the gains but concerned the positive trend may end next year because $58 million that had been earmarked for student test help might be spent on other school initiatives instead.

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