Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

California High School Exit Examination Suspension

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
August 28, 2015

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and CAHSEE Coordinators:

SUSPENSION OF THE CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMINATION DIPLOMA REQUIREMENT
FOR ELIGIBLE SENIORS IN THE CLASS OF 2015

Senate Bill 725 (Hancock) was signed by the Governor and chaptered into law on August 26, 2015. This law suspends passage of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) as a condition for receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school for a student who has met all other high school graduation requirements in school year 2014–15. Local educational agencies may immediately begin issuing diplomas to eligible students.

The California Department of Education sponsored legislation in February 2015, SB 172 (Liu), which proposes suspending the CAHSEE requirement for 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18; it is currently under consideration by the Legislature. SB 172 also provides California the opportunity to develop and examine recommendations for approaches to productive graduation policies that keep California moving toward higher standards for college and career readiness and higher graduation rates. We will update you on the status of SB 172 as action is taken. The outcome of all legislation will be known no later than October 11, 2015.

We will also keep you updated as California continues to move to new assessment and accountability systems that emphasize local control, continuous improvement, and preparing our students to be successful in college and careers.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office by phone at 916-445-9449 or by e-mail at CAHSEE@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:gp

Last Reviewed: Friday, February 17, 2017

Recently Posted in Editorials & Letters

  • November is Sikh Awareness Month (added 20-Oct-2017)
    November is Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month
  • The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (added 19-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the ASVAB Career Exploration Program.
  • Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care (added 13-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding educational stability requirements for students in foster care.
  • The 2018 CAAASA Summit (added 09-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2018 California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators Professional Development (CAAASA) Summit.
  • The Race to Submit Initiative (added 05-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the Race to Submit campaign.

  • Collaboration in Common (added 04-Oct-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Collaboration in Common, which is an online professional learning community and resource exchange platform for all California educators.
  • CA New Accountability System & System of Support (added 02-Oct-2017)
    California's New Accountability System & System of Support: Dashboard rollout
  • 2017 CalEd Grant Initiative (updated 29-Sep-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Commission On Teacher Credentialing CalEd Grant Initiative.
  • Digital Citizenship Week is Oct. 16-20 (added 29-Sep-2017)
    Fall Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-20, 2017
  • 2017 California STEAM Symposium (added 21-Sep-2017)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the 2017 California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Symposium.