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Guide to CAHSEE Individual Student Results


How and when do students, parents, or guardians receive CAHSEE results?

Electronic results for the examination begin arriving in the school districts within eight weeks of each administration of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). The school districts are required to send one copy of the CAHSEE Student and Parent Report to the parent or guardian of each student who took the examination. Another copy is to be placed in the student’s permanent record. This process occurs after each test administration.

Is it important that students, parents, or guardians keep a copy of the student report for their records?

Yes, students, parents, or guardians should keep a copy of the CAHSEE Student and Parent Report for their records. Since individual student scores are confidential, the California Department of Education (CDE) does not keep copies of individual student reports.

How are individual student results reported?

The CAHSEE Student and Parent Report shows the student’s English–language arts (ELA) results on the left and mathematics results on the right. The top portion of each side includes a chart with the student’s total scale score and the scale score required to pass. It also includes the “status” of whether or not the student passed the ELA or mathematics part of the exam. Below this chart is a bar graph that shows the student’s scale score compared to the passing score and highest possible scale score. The bottom portion of the report shows the number of questions answered correctly for each strand of the content standards in ELA and mathematics tested with multiple-choice questions. The ELA section also shows the writing task score, which is scored on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest score students can achieve.

What is a scale score?

Although all test forms of the CAHSEE assess the same California content standards adopted in 1997, each test form contains different questions. Therefore, one test form may be slightly more difficult or slightly easier than another. Scale scores account for differences in the difficulty of test questions, thus equalizing the variations in test difficulty across different administrations. Scale scores used for the CAHSEE range from 275 to 450. A scale score of 350 or higher is necessary to pass each part of the CAHSEE.

Who sees individual student score reports?

Only students, parents or guardians, and authorized district personnel see individual student score reports.

What happens if students do not pass the CAHSEE?

Grade eleven students may take the CAHSEE up to two times per school year for the part(s)of the exam not previously passed. Grade twelve students may take the CAHSEE at least three times but not more than five times during the 2013–14 school year. The CAHSEE testing schedule through the 2013–15 school years is posted on the CDE CAHSEE Administrative Documents Web page. Districts select their testing dates from this schedule.

What instructional support is available to students who do not pass the CAHSEE?

School districts are to provide extra instruction to help students who do not pass the CAHSEE. Programs may be offered during the summer, before or after school, on Saturday, or between semesters. Students who have not passed one or both parts of the CAHSEE by the end of grade twelve, may contact their school or school district to ask about options available to them. Options may include a fifth year of study, summer school, adult education, or independent study.

What options do students with disabilities have to satisfy the CAHSEE requirement?

Eligible students with disabilities with an active individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan can satisfy the CAHSEE requirement by:

Information for students with disabilities can be found on the CDE Students with Disabilities – CAHSEE Waivers and Exemptions Web page.

How can parents or guardians get their questions answered about the CAHSEE and/or their child’s results?

Additional information about the CAHSEE is located on CDE CAHSEE Web page. Parents or guardians should first direct their questions about the CAHSEE, including their child’s results, to their child’s teachers. They may also contact the school principal or counselor.

Also, see the Explanatory Notes for the CAHSEE Student and Parent Report for more information.

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