California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
ALL CAHSEE Testing Dates Canceled until 2017-18 School Year!
Governor Brown signs SB 172
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 172 (Liu–D, La Cañada-Flintridge), which suspends passage of the California High School Exit Exam as a requirement for high school graduation through the 2017-18 school year.
SB 172 exempts any student beginning with the 2003-04 school year from the CAHSEE graduation requirement, and provides that school districts shall issue a diploma to any student who has met all other state and local requirements for graduation from grade 12.
The suspension of the requirement through 2018 provides the State Board of Education with the opportunity to re-evaluate whether a high school exit exam should remain a requirement for graduation moving forward, and if it does, what that test would look like. The current version of the CAHSEE had not been updated to align with the new state standards.
SB 172 will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. At that time, school districts and county offices of education should be prepared to issue diplomas to students from 2003-04 to 2015 who have met all other graduation requirements but have not passed the CAHSEE.
A separate bill, SB 725 (Hancock–D, Oakland) was signed in August and specifically exempted the class of 2015 from the CAHSEE requirements. That legislation was prompted by the cancellation of the July offering of the test. Districts and county offices should already be issuing diplomas to students from the class of 2015.
No offerings of the CAHSEE are scheduled for the 2015-16 school year or beyond, following the May decision by the State Board of Education not to renew the contract for administration of the test.
Note to Students / Parents
Dear Parents/Guardians and Pupils,
Pursuant to California Education Code section 37254, you are hereby notified that:
1. Pupils, including English learners, who have not passed one or both parts of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) by the end of grade 12 are entitled to receive intensive instruction and services for up to two consecutive academic years after completion of grade 12 or until they pass both parts of the CAHSEE, whichever comes first;
2. English learners, who have not passed one or both of the parts of the CAHSEE by the end of grade 12, are entitled to receive services to improve English proficiency as needed to pass those parts of the CAHSEE not yet passed, for up to two consecutive academic years after the completion of grade 12 or until they pass both parts of the CAHSEE, whichever comes first;
3. Pupils, who have not passed one or both parts of the CAHSEE by the end of grade 12, have the right to file a complaint regarding intensive instruction and services under the Uniform Complaint Procedures if he or she was not provided the opportunity to receive intensive instruction and services for up to two consecutive academic years after completion of grade 12 or until they pass both parts of the CAHSEE, whichever comes first.
If you have any questions about the eligibility for services, wish to obtain services, or wish to file a complaint regarding services, please contact district superintendent, Scott Meier, Ed.D. at:
661-769-8231, ext. 202
CDE Webspage: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/
Q & A for Parents/Guardians:http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/faq.asp
CAHSEE Test Preparation: mhs-b.groupfusion.net/modules/cms/pages.phtml