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Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye California Supreme CourtChief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye California Supreme Court (Jason Doiy / The Recorder)

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday announced it will not lower the passing score for the state’s bar exam—or the so-called “cut” score.

In a letter to Michael G. Colantuono, the president of the state bar’s Board of Trustees, and Leah Wilson, the bar’s executive director, members of the high court said, “Although the lower pass rates associated with the recent administrations of the California bar exam have generated concerns, the downward trend in pass rates appears to be consistent with a broader national pattern. Based on that review and balancing all considerations, the court is not persuaded that the relevant information and data developed at this time weigh in favor of departing from the longstanding pass score of 1440.”

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