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Release: #15-83
November 13, 2015
Contact: Communications
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Release of
2014-15 California High School Exit Exam Results

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) data for the class of 2015 are now available.

As a result of two bills signed into law by the governor, the CAHSEE exam is no longer required for students to get their high school diploma.

Senate Bill 725 External link opens in new window or tab., signed into law on August 26, 2015, suspended the CAHSEE as a diploma requirement for students completing grade twelve in 2015 who met all other graduation requirements.

Senate Bill 172 External link opens in new window or tab., signed into law on October 7, 2015, retroactively eliminates the CAHSEE as a requirement for graduation going back to the class of 2006, requiring local educational agencies to grant diplomas to students who had completed all graduation requirements, except passing the CAHSEE. The law will become effective on January 1, 2016. The law also suspends the CAHSEE as a graduation requirement for the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 and requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an advisory panel to make recommendations to replace the CAHSEE.

The pass rate for the class of 2015 was 95.8 percent—exceeding the record pass rate from last year by 0.3 percent. The preliminary 2014–15 results are for the July, October, November, and December 2014 and the February, March, and May 2015 test administrations.

Results for the 2014-15 CAHSEE, including a summary report and accompanying data tables, are posted on the CDE CAHSEE 2014-15 Summary Results page. Individual student CAHSEE results are confidential and are not included in the Internet posting.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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