Nearly 75% of Boston Public Schools students in the Class of 2008 have passed both the English Language Arts and Mathematics sections of the Grade 10 MCAS exams after just one or two attempts, fulfilling the graduation requirement halfway through their junior year. These results outpace previous classes, with 69% of the Class of 2007 having met "Competency Determination" at this point last year. When the test was first administered, less than half of the Class of 2003 passed both tests after just two tries. (Click on the image above to enlarge.) The gains are consistent with Boston high school students' record performance improvements on the Spring 2006 exams. For complete statewide results, visit the Massachusetts Department of Education website.