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California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)

In California, all high school students must pass a test to earn a high school diploma. The test is called the CAHSEE. Some students with disabilities do not have to pass this test.

California created the test to improve student achievement in high schools. The test helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with grade level skills in reading, writing, and math.

Students first take this test in grade ten. If they do not pass the test in grade ten, they have more chances to take the test. In grade eleven, they can take the test two times. In grade twelve, they have up to five times to take the test.

  • For more information about the CAHSEE, contact your local school district.
  • The CAHSEE - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the exam.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with the CAHSEE.

CAHSEE Summary Results

Explaining the 2012–13 Summary Results (PDF)

Program Overview
Purpose and Content, Background, and Independent Evaluations

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and Answers about the CAHSEE

Program Resources
Exam Blueprints, Released Test Questions, Study Guides, Teacher Guides, Assistance Packets for Local Education Agencies, and Technical Reports

Program Notes and Legal Updates
CAHSEE Notes, Legal Updates, and Memorandums.

Administrative Documents
Exam Administration Dates and Guidelines, Regulations, Intensive Instruction Funding, and Apportionment Process

Testing Variations, Accommodations and Modifications
Request for Test Variations, Test Matrices, Scribe and Sign Language Guidelines, and Questions and Answers Regarding Test Variations (including waiver process)

Independent Evaluation Reports
Reports since 2001 from the independent evaluator for the CAHSEE

Educational Testing Service's (ETS) CAHSEE Site External link opens in new window or tab.
Administration manuals, CAHSEE project calendar, and instructions for ordering test materials, participating in the pre-ID service, and applying to become a reader or item reviewer

Questions: High School & Physical Fitness Assessment Office | cahsee@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9449 
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