Questions and Answers for Parents and Guardians
What is the CAHSEE? The writing section covers: not need to pass both parts of the CAHSEE
State law, enacted in 1999, authorized the • Writing strategies during the same administration in order to
development of the California High School Exit • Writing applications satisfy the CAHSEE requirement. Students
who do not pass one or both parts of the
Examination (CAHSEE), which students would • Writing conventions
have to pass in order to earn a high school CAHSEE in grade ten will have additional
The other part of the CAHSEE addresses state opportunities in grade eleven and yet again
diploma. mathematics content standards in grades six in grade twelve, if needed.
and seven and Algebra I, including the following:
All California public school students must satisfy
• Statistics, data analysis, and probability When do parents and guardians receive
the CAHSEE requirement, as well as all other
state and local requirements, in order to receive • Number sense their student’s results?
a high school diploma. The CAHSEE • Measurement and geometry About eight weeks after each CAHSEE
requirement can be satisfied by passing the • Algebra and functions administration, school districts will receive
exam or, for students with disabilities, receiving a • Mathematical reasoning two copies of the CAHSEE Student and
local waiver pursuant to Education Code Section • Algebra I Parent Report for each student who took
60851(c), or receiving an exemption pursuant to Students must demonstrate computational skills the exam. The school district will distribute
Education Code Section 60852.3. and a foundation in arithmetic, including working one copy to the student’s parents or
with decimals, fractions, and percentages. guardians and place the other copy in the
The purpose of the CAHSEE is to improve student’s permanent record.
student achievement in high school and help What kinds of questions are on the
ensure that students who graduate from high CAHSEE? Does passing the CAHSEE guarantee
school can demonstrate grade-level that a student will receive a high school
The English-language arts part of the CAHSEE
competency in reading, writing, and diploma?
consists of multiple-choice questions and a
mathematics. No. Passing the CAHSEE is just one
writing task. The mathematics part consists of
all multiple-choice questions. Exam questions requirement for graduating from high
What subjects does the CAHSEE cover? school. Students also must meet all other
are given only in English.
The CAHSEE is divided into two parts: English- state and local requirements to receive a
language arts and mathematics. One part of the When is the CAHSEE administered? diploma.
CAHSEE addresses state English-language arts
The CAHSEE is administered at the school site
content standards through grade ten, including How can parents and guardians help
during regular school hours on the dates chosen
reading and writing. their students prepare for the CAHSEE?
by your school district. The English-language
arts part is administered on the first day of The best academic preparation for the
The reading section covers: CAHSEE is good instruction. Parents and
testing and the mathematics part on the second
• Vocabulary day of testing. All students must take the guardians should talk with their student’s
• Informational reading CAHSEE for the first time in grade ten. teacher or principal to learn more about
• Literary reading the state academic content standards in
A scale score of 350 or higher is required on English-language arts and mathematics
each part of the CAHSEE to pass. Students do being taught at Burton.
Parents and guardians whose student needs student’s IEP or Section 504 plan for use on the
extra instruction to pass the CAHSEE should CAHSEE, standardized testing, or for use during
make sure he or she is enrolled in additional classroom instruction and assessments. Students who
learning opportunities provided by the school. use an accommodation and earn a score of 350 or
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The California Department of Education has
higher have passed that part of the CAHSEE. Students Academic High School
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CAHSEE study guides on its Web site at passing score on one or both parts of the CAHSEE have
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/resources.asp. not passed. Eligible students with disabilities, who wish
to meet the CAHSEE requirement by passing the
What is done to assist students with examination and have earned the equivalent of a
disabilities when taking the CAHSEE? passing score while taking the CAHSEE with a
Eligible students with disabilities are exempt from the modification, may choose to apply for a local waiver of California High
requirement to pass the CAHSEE as a condition of the CAHSEE requirement from their local school board.
graduation from high school (California Education Code (Although the local waiver option is still in effect, the School Exit
[EC] Section 60852.3). An eligible student, as defined in exemption under EC Section 60852.3 eliminates the
How long will the exemption last?
need for the local waiver for students who are eligible for Examination
EC Section 60852.3 states that this exemption shall last until the
California State Board of Education (SBE) makes a What is done to assist English learners
determination that alternative means are not feasible or that when taking the CAHSEE?
alternative means are implemented. On July 13, 2010, the SBE English learners must be permitted to take the Information for
determined that alternative means to the CAHSEE for eligible CAHSEE with certain test variations if used
students with disabilities are feasible and requested that the regularly in the classroom. For example, if
Parents and Guardians
implementation date for alternative means be extended from
regularly used in the classroom, students must
January 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012. The exemption from meeting
be permitted to hear the test directions in their
the CAHSEE requirement remains in place until alternative
means are implemented. primary language or use a translation glossary.
the law, is a student with an individualized education Students who are English learners are required
program (IEP) or Section 504 plan that indicates that the to take the CAHSEE in grade ten with all other
grade ten students. During their first 24 months
student has satisfied or will satisfy all other state and local
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