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CAHSEE Program Notes: June 2011

First 2011–12 CAHSEE Administration

The July administration of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) is the first administration for the 2011–12 school year. Only grade twelve and adult students are eligible to take the examination in July. Important deadline dates for the July administration are shown below. Further information about material ordering, Pre-ID, and supplemental shipment deadlines can be found on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) CAHSEE Calendar 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 Shipment Deadline Student Results
Scheduled to Post

July 26 & 27

June 13

June 22

July 13

July 19

Sept. 29

2011–13 CAHSEE Administration Dates

CAHSEE administration dates for the 2011–12 and 2012–13 school years are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) CAHSEE Administrative Documents Web page. You may refer to the following matrix to help plan your site’s 2011–12 testing dates:

2011–12 July
Dec. 3 & 10 (Sat.) Feb.
Grade 10 (Census and Make-up Only) Not available Not available Not available Not available X X X
Grade 11 (two opportunities)

Not available

Grade 12 (three to five opportunities) X X X X X X X
Grade 12/Adult Education (three opportunities) X X X X X X X

Testing Opportunities for Each Grade Level

As a reminder, 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, and is as follows:

  • Grade ten students will take the CAHSEE one time during the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) census or makeup administrations.
  • LEAs will provide grade eleven students at least two opportunities per school year to take the section(s) not yet passed.
  • LEAs will provide grade twelve students at least three and up to five opportunities per school year to take the section(s) not yet passed.
  • LEAs will provide adult education students at least three opportunities per school year to take the section(s) not yet passed.

CAHSEE Test Regulations can be found on the CDE CAHSEE Administrative Documents Web page.

District Coordinator Reminders

The window to make CAHSEE demographic corrections for the July 2010 through March 2011 administrations is currently open and will close on July 5, 2011. You may make corrections, free of charge, at CAHSEE Online External link opens in new window or tab.. Demographic correction dates for the May 2011 CAHSEE administration are as follows:

July 8, 2011 –Window opens for May 2011 administration
July 17, 2011 – Window closes for May 2011 administration

The 2011–12 CAHSEE Administration Manuals and the 2011–12 project calendar can be found on the ETS External link opens in new window or tab. Web page on the “Test Administration” tab.

Testing must be conducted on the designated dates as determined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. To ensure the security of the test throughout the state, suggested start times are between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m. Questions or concerns regarding testing dates should be directed to the CDE CAHSEE Support Center by e-mail at at least one week before the CAHSEE administration date.

Alternative Means Pilot Study

The CAHSEE contractor, ETS, is conducting a pilot study for eligible students with disabilities (SWDs) who may have attained the same level of academic achievement required for passage of the CAHSEE but who have been unable to demonstrate achievement through standardized tests. The pilot study, approved by the California State Board of Education at its March 2011 meeting, will collect information necessary to inform the process for development of a statewide alternative means to the CAHSEE.

This spring, students in participating LEAs will submit work aligned to specific content standards assessed on the CAHSEE in either English-language arts or mathematics. Each student will present three products from five possible formats, including:

  • On-demand writing sample
  • On-demand classroom task
  • Classroom prepared task
  • Computer generated presentation
  • Audio or video presentation

After all tasks are returned and scored, an on-line survey for participating LEAs and students will be conducted. A follow-up focus group will then review the outcomes of the pilot study. Using this data, ETS will produce a final report including the validity and reliability of work samples and scoring processes, and also an analysis of representative work samples.

More Information

Additional information about the CAHSEE is available on the CDE CAHSEE Web page. Questions about the CAHSEE can be directed to the CAHSEE Office by e-mail at or by phone at 916-445-9449.

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