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CAHSEE - High School Exit Exam

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)

The California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), formerly a graduation requirement for students in California public schools, was suspended effective January 1, 2016.

 

CAHSEE Suspension

Beginning with the Class of 2006, students in California public schools were required to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to demonstrate competency in grade-level skills in reading, writing, and mathematics to earn a high school diploma. The content of the CAHSEE was based on content standards in English-language arts and mathematics that were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in 2003. In 2010, the SBE adopted the Common Core State Standards in English–language arts and mathematics.

 

Due to the change in academic standards, Senate Bill 172 (Liu) was signed by the Governor to suspend the administration of the CAHSEE and the requirement that students pass the CAHSEE to receive a high school diploma for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 school years. The law required that schools grant a diploma to any pupil who completed grade twelve in the 2003–04 school year or a subsequent school year and met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination. The law further required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an advisory panel to provide recommendations to the Superintendent on the continuation of the high school exit examination and on alternative pathways to satisfy the high school graduation requirements pursuant to Education Code sections 51224.5 and 51225.3. The law became effective on January 1, 2016.

Requesting a Diploma

Senate Bill (SB) 172 (Liu) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 7, 2015. This law suspends the administration of the CAHSEE effective January 1, 2016, and the requirement that students completing grade twelve successfully pass the CAHSEE as a condition of receiving a diploma. The law requires local educational agencies to grant a diploma to any student who completed grade twelve and met all applicable graduation requirements other than passage of the CAHSEE. “Applicable graduation requirements” would include all local and state graduation requirements at the time a student completed grade twelve.


Local education agencies are now permitted to issue diplomas to eligible students. The issuance date of such diplomas will be January 1, 2016.


If you have completed all graduation requirements, but did not pass the CAHSEE and did not receive a diploma, please complete the form below and return it to the office of the school at which you attended high school:


Newark Memorial High School
Attention: Registrar
39375 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560


Bridgepoint High School
Attention: Registrar
35753 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560


Crossroads Independent Study
Attention: Registrar
35753 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560


Newark Adult Education Center
Attention: Registrar
35753 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 9456

 

Diploma Request Form