October 17, 2006
Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
I would like to follow up on my January 6, 2006, letter in which I set forth options available for the students in the class of 2006 who satisfied all local and state graduation requirements except passing the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE).
Your district has now received the results for those in the class of 2006 who took the July CAHSEE. I hope that all of your students passed. For those who did not, as I have repeatedly said, it simply means that their education is not yet complete.
We will, of course, continue to allow students in the class of 2006 additional opportunities to take the CAHSEE. Indeed, they may continue sitting for the exam as long as it takes to acquire the skills necessary for passage.
For your part, I strongly urge you to reach out immediately to each student in the class of 2006 who did not pass the CAHSEE and inform each student of the numerous options to continue their education in order to gain the skills necessary to earn a California High School Diploma and better prepare for today’s global economy. I also strongly encourage you to find ways within your district to continue to serve members of the class of 2006 in need of additional instruction through such programs as:
I firmly believe that today’s economy demands higher-level skills, and that it is in the best interests of both our students and society to ensure we equip all our children with the knowledge and skills they will need before they enter the work force. The CAHSEE is working as intended and students across the state are meeting higher expectations as a result of the exam.
The California Department of Education (CDE) is committed to supporting your district's efforts to provide additional assistance to students in the Class of 2006 who have not yet passed the CAHSEE. The CDE provides a number of CAHSEE resources available on our Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/resources.asp.
I know you join me in our shared commitment to never giving up on even one student. So I urge you to do everything in your power to reach those students in the class of 2006 who still need to pass the CAHSEE. Make sure these students know whom to contact in your district regarding opportunities for continuing their education, and make sure they know they have a home in our public schools. As long as these students continue to work toward greater knowledge, we will continue to stand behind them with additional assistance and resources. To assist you in your efforts to contact students in the class of 2006, I am attaching a sample letter for your use.
cc: California High School Exit Examination Coordinators