firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAlso, statewide, the first-time passing rate for English learners dropped 4 percent in English and one percent in math. “This is concerning to us&.There’s no clear explanation for why this drop occurred. I will continue to monitor this subgroup more closely.” At Los Angeles Unified, 86 percent of the Class of 2006 passed both parts of the California High School Exit Exam, which is required to graduate. About 71 percent of the class of 2007 – current 12th graders – have passed both parts and in the class of 2008, 52 percent have passed both parts. The overall performance lagged behind that of the state. The district continues to provide intervention to help students pass the exam in the form of after-school and weekend classes and tutoring services. More first-time test-takers in LAUSD passed the state high school exit exam, although a disturbing gap continues to exist between white students and Latino, African-American and those who are learning disabled, according to results released today. Among the Class of 2006, some 88 percent of 10th-grader passed the English portion, compared with 57 percent for Latinos, 60 percent for blacks and 20 percent for the learning disabled. The wide disparity in passage rates at LAUSD reflected a statewide trend. “I remain troubled by the persistence of the achievement gap,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said during a teleconference.