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CAHSEE: Students with Disabilities

Information about the CAHSEE exemption and waiver for eligible students with disabilities.

Exemption

Information about the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) exemption for students with disabilities can be found on the California Department of Education Exemption for Eligible Students with Disabilities Web page.

Local Waiver

At the parent or guardian’s request, a school principal shall submit a request for a waiver of the requirement to successfully pass the CAHSEE to the governing board of the school district for an eligible student with a disability who has taken the CAHSEE with modifications that alter what the test measures and has received the equivalent of a passing score on one or both subject matter parts of the CAHSEE. A governing board of a school district may waive the requirement to successfully pass one or both subject matter parts of the CAHSEE for an eligible student with a disability if the principal certifies to the governing board of the school district that the student has all of the following:

  1. An individualized education program adopted pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 United States Code [U.S.C.] Sec. 1400 et seq.) or a plan adopted pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794[a]) in place that requires the accommodations or modifications to be provided to the student when taking the CAHSEE.
  2. Sufficient high school level coursework either satisfactorily completed or in progress in a high school level curriculum to have attained the skills and knowledge otherwise needed to pass the CAHSEE.
  3. An individual score report for the student showing that the student has received the equivalent of a passing score on the CAHSEE while using a modification that fundamentally alters what the CAHSEE measures as determined by the state board.

Status of Alternative Means for Eligible Students with Disabilities

Senate Bill (SB) 267 (Stats. 2014, Ch. 479) amended California Education Code (EC) Section 60852.2 to permit  eligible students with disabilities to participate in alternate means of demonstrating competency in the content standards assessed by the CAHSEE once alternate means are implemented by the State Board of Education (SBE). Alternative means to demonstrate competency in the content standards assessed by the CAHSEE for eligible students with disabilities have been under consideration since 2009. Alternative means, identified as a two-tiered system consisting of both a screening of alternative scale scores determined to approximate a passing score on the CAHSEE and a collection of evidence (work samples), was determined by the SBE in July 2010 to be feasible. However, the proposed two-tiered alternative means is not implementable at this time given the lack of state resources, the move to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and the conversations regarding the continued use of the CAHSEE in its current form.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, April 11, 2016
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