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CAHSEE Program Update, March 2013

Information and update about the California High School Exit Examination, March 2013.
Topics covered in this issue:
  • Administration Dates for the remainder of the 2012−13 School Year
  • Student Options to Participate in 2012–13 CAHSEE Test Administrations
  • Security Information
  • CAHSEE Student Waiver Data Collection
  • Updating Contact Information
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Information

Recommendations for Transitioning California to a Future Assessment System: A Report by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, January 2013

Remaining CAHSEE Administration Dates for the 2012−13 School Year:

Below are the dates for the three 2013 administrations of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). All deadlines noted in the table below 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.

N/A Administration Test Material Ordering Deadline Pre-ID Deadline Late Pre-ID Deadline Supplemental Order Deadline Student Results Scheduled to Post
Date February 5 and 6 December 17 January 2 January 22 January 31 April 19
Date March 12 and 13 January 28 February 7 February 26 February 7 May 23
Date May 14 and 15 April 1 April 10 April 29 May 6 July 20

March 12, 2013
March 13, 2013
May 14, 2013
May 15, 2013
Student Options to Participate1 in 2012-13 CAHSEE Test Administrations:
July 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 February 2013 March 2013 May 2013
N/A N/A N/A N/A Grade 10
Grade 10
(Census or Makeup)
Grade 10
(Make up)
N/A Grade 11 Grade 11 Grade 11 Grade 11 Grade 11 Grade 11
Grade 12 Grade 12 Grade 12 Grade 12 Grade 12 Grade 12 Grade 12
Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult

1 The administration schedule selected by local educational agencies (LEAs) must conform to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 that governs the CAHSEE.

The number of opportunities for students to take the CAHSEE at each grade level is established by the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 1204–1204.5. CAHSEE Test Regulations are located on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAHSEE Administrative Documents Web page.

Security Information:

California Code of Regulations, Section 1220 (a) states that any pupil or adult student found by the school district or its agents to have cheated or assisted others in cheating, or to have compromised the security of the CAHSEE shall not receive a score from that test administration.  

The Directions for Administration (DFA) clearly directs students to clear their desks of electronic devices, books, backpacks, and any other materials not needed for the test. It is essential that all test examiners, proctors, and administrators follow the procedures as outlined in all CAHSEE testing administration manuals.

Additionally, it is recommended to restrict student access to non-test materials until after the completion of the CAHSEE.

Maintaining CAHSEE test security has become increasingly difficult in the social media era and your continued diligence is appreciated.

CAHSEE Student Waiver Data Collection:

In the past the CDE has collected student waiver data by December 31 of each year by sending a spreadsheet to be completed by the LEA reporting the number of student waivers granted. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, student waiver data is collected and entered into the California Longitudinal Pupil Assessment Data System (CALPADS) throughout the year as waivers are approved by the local school board. Once the local waiver is approved, it must be entered into CALPADS. You can find information about the CAHSEE waiver data collection in the CALPADS Data Guide in sections 2.1.6 (Student Waivers) and 3.8 (Graduates). This guide is found at the CALPADS System Documentation Web page.

Updating CAHSEE Coordinator Contact Information:

In accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 1209, each Superintendent of an LEA is annually required to designate an individual who will be the LEA’s CAHSEE testing coordinator for the coming school year. The assigned CAHSEE coordinator is responsible for the administration of the CAHSEE and is the LEA’s primary liaison with ETS and the California Department of Education (CDE) with regard to CAHSEE issues. To ensure you receive valuable information about CAHSEE administration due dates, deliverables, and webcast training, you must complete the forms and return them to ETS. If you have not sent your CAHSEE 2012–2013 Designation Forms to ETS, you may find them at the ETS Web site External link opens in new window or tab.. The LEA CAHSEE contact information provided is the person the CDE contacts in instances of test security violations.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium:

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium continues its work developing a system of valid and reliable assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) External link opens in new window or tab. in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system—which includes formative tools, and interim and summative assessments—will use computer adaptive testing External link opens in new window or tab. technologies to the greatest extent possible to improve access to the greatest number of students through a flexible computer testing format that will assess the students problem solving and conceptual understanding of academic material.

California continues its active involvement with the Smarter Balanced consortium in national work groups and you can experience sample test items from Smarter Balanced by linking to the following Web sites:

CDE Smarter Balanced Web page or;

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Recommendations for California’s Future Assessment System

California Education Code (EC) 60606.5 requires reauthorization of the statewide student assessment system and in January 2013 Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), released a comprehensive report to the State Board of Education (SBE) for transitioning California’s assessment system. See the SSPI Recommendations Report (PDF).

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

Questions:   High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office | | 916-445-9449
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