Math proficiency test stumps majority of high school sophomores
A math test for high school sophomores is stumping the majority of Clark County students who can't pass it since the state raised the bar this year.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A math test for high school sophomores is stumping the majority of Clark County students who can't pass it since the state raised the bar this year.
Two-thirds of sophomores failed the math portion of the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam, which students took for the first time in March.
In the past, students needed 242 points out of 500 points to pass. This year, students needed 300 points out of 500 points to pass, or a 60-percent grade.
Clark County School District Spokesperson Amanda Fulkerson said the district expected a low passing rate, but the students have many more chances to try again.
"Anytime you increase the rigor and you increase the requirement to pass the test, it's natural and it's normal to see less children pass the test the first time around," Fulkerson said.
Students need to pass the test one time in order to graduate.
Juniors and seniors are exempt from the new passing grade.
Fulkerson said scores in reading, writing and science proficiency exams went up. The district will offer more test preparation for students to help pass the math test.