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CAHSEE Program Notes, December 2011

December 2011 edition of the California High School Exit Examination Program Notes.
February, March, and May, 2012 CAHSEE Administrations

Below are the important dates for the first three 2012 administrations of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). All deadlines occur at 5 p.m. Additional information regarding testing materials, Pre-ID, and supplemental shipments can be found on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) CAHSEE Calendar Web site External link opens in new window or tab.. Questions about ordering deadlines should be directed to the ETS CAHSEE Support line by phone at 800-241-5687.

Administration Test Material Ordering Deadline Pre-ID Deadline Late
Pre-ID Deadline
Supplemental Order Deadline Student Results Scheduled to Post

7 &8






13 & 14






8 & 9
Division Name Change

The CDE recently reorganized several internal branches and divisions. The CAHSEE, Physical Fitness Testing (PFT), General Educational Development Test (GED) and the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) are now grouped in the High School and Physical Fitness Assessment office. Contact information and staff responsibilities have not changed.

Special Education Data Reporting Requirements − Waivers

The 2010−11 CAHSEE Waiver Data Collection information was e-mailed to local educational agencies (LEAs) on November 16, 2011. This data is collected each year pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 1207. Completed waiver data collection forms must be submitted to the California Department of Education (CDE) via e-mail to no later than December 31, 2011.

LEAs that did not receive a request for a CAHSEE waiver in the 2010−11 school year must send an e-mail to with the following information: the name of the LEA, the County-District-School (CDS) code, and a statement that there were no requests for a CAHSEE waiver in the 2010−11 school year.

Note: the CDE is collecting waiver data, not exemption data, for the 2010−11 school year.

For questions about the CAHSEE waiver data process, please contact Deb Probst, Education Research and Evaluation Consultant, High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office, by phone at 916-319-0362 or by e-mail at

2010−11 Apportionment Information Reports

The CAHSEE Apportionment Information Report for the 2010−11 school year was mailed to LEA administrators in November. To receive these apportionments, the district superintendent or charter school administrator must certify the accuracy of the report by signing, dating, and returning the report to the CDE Assessment Development and Administration Division. The certified reports must be postmarked by December 31, 2011. Certified reports received after this date must be accompanied by a waiver request pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 33050. The CDE cannot release apportionment payments for late reports without a California State Board of Education (SBE) approved waiver.

Questions about CAHSEE apportionments should be directed to Gayle Jamerson, Analyst, High School and Physical Fitness Assessments Office, by phone at 916-319-0340 or by e-mail at

Alternative Means Update

At its March 2011 meeting, the California SBE authorized a pilot study of the two-tiered alternative means proposal for eligible students with disabilities (SWD) who have not passed the CAHSEE pursuant to California EC Section 60852.2. The emphasis for the pilot study was on Tier ll―the collection of evidence phase. The CDE contracted with ETS to design, administer, and score the collection of work samples used as evidence to show competency in the same California State Content Standards as those assessed on both the English-language arts and the mathematics portions of the CAHSEE. Students participating in the pilot study had a variety of choices for the work they included in their collection of evidence. They could use samples from a class assignment or assessment that was aligned to a specific content standard or an ETS on-demand task, also aligned to content standards from the CAHSEE blueprints.

In its final report on the alternative means pilot study, ETS made several recommendations, including the following:

  • A full-scale census field test should take place prior to operational implementation of the CAHSEE alterative means
  • A bank of prescribed on-demand performance tasks for each CAHSEE strand should be provided to all eligible students, ensuring that all submissions received are aligned to the content standards measured by the CAHSEE
  • Professional development and detailed guidance to the field is necessary before the implementation of a statewide alternative means assessment

Before the SBE considers the implementation of the alternative means to the CAHSEE, it is important to consider other implications. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and California joining the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), the CDE is researching and analyzing the best options regarding how best to move forward with the development and implementation of California’s new assessment system, including CAHSEE’s role within this system.

More information about the alternative means pilot study may be found on the CAHSEE Pilot Study Web page (PDF).

Answer Document Coding Reminders

When returning answer documents, please ensure the following:

  1. The school code for ALL non-public schools (NPS) is 0000001. This code   must be marked on the School and Grade Identification (SGID) sheet. When answer documents are returned for scoring, they must be separated by grade, but there is no separation by school.
  2. The seven digit school code for ALL students enrolled in a home/hospital or self study program is the county code plus the school code. For example, if the county code is 01, and the district code is 12345, the school code for the students is 0112345, and the entire CDS code is 01-12345-0112345. This is also the code to mark on the SGID. Similar to the NPS answer documents, these answer documents must be separated by grade, but the school code will be the same for all.
  3. Box 11 (County/District of Residence) on the answer document should be marked only if the DISTRICT where the student lives is NOT the district where the student attends school. The code must be the district of residence. Box 11 should not be marked if the student attends a school in the same district where he/she lives.
More Information
Additional information about the CAHSEE is available on the CDE CAHSEE Web page. Questions about the CAHSEE may be directed to the High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office by phone at 916-445-9449 or by e-mail at
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