July 2, 2013 09:34

The tests, which replaced the old Graduate Exit Exam, cover algebra I, geometry, English II, English III and biology, with U.S. history added this year. Students can earn a grade of excellent, good, fair or needs improvement.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Education officials say the number of Louisiana high school students deemed "proficient" in subjects measured by end-of-course exams improved by 4 percentage points this year.

The tests, which replaced the old Graduate Exit Exam, cover algebra I, geometry, English II, English III and biology, with U.S. history added this year. Students can earn a grade of excellent, good, fair or needs improvement.

To graduate, a student must get a grade of at least "fair" in one of the math exams, one of the English exams and on either the history or biology exam. A good or excellent score means the student is judged proficient.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Education Department show 59 percent were judged proficient in all subjects this school year, compared to 55 percent last year.