Former high school students who did not pass the required California High School Exit Exam and were denied their diplomas can now receive them after Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 172. Senate Bill 172 (Liu-D, La Canada-Flintridge), suspends passage of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE as a requirement for high school graduation through the 2017-2018 school year.
SB 172 exempts any student beginning with the 2003-2004 school year from the CAHSEE graduation requirements, and provides that school districts should issue a diploma to any students who has met all other state and local requirements for 12th grade graduation, according to the California School Boards Association.
What does that mean for Corcoran students who did not pass the CAHSEE but acquired enough credits to graduate? That means they can go to their respective school (Kings Lake or Corcoran High School) and fill out a form to order their diploma. Officially, diplomas cannot be ordered until Jan. 1, 2016 but Monica Cabral at Kings Lake Education Center is asking former Corcoran students to come in now and fill out their form so that it is ready to go come Jan. 1, 2016. Therefore, students who received a certificate of completion but not their diplomas will now qualify to obtain their diplomas.
According to the state
school board association, 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 the requirement for graduation moving forward, and if it does, what would the test look like. The current version of the CAHSEE has not been updated to align with the new state standards.
Also listed in the press release was 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 CAHSEE tests are scheduled for the 2015-2016 school year or beyond, following a decision in May by the State Board of Education not to renew the contract for administration of the test.
For more information call the Kings Lake Education Center at 992-3951.