CAHSEE Q and A Brochure for Parents - California by henrypford


									Questions and Answers for Parents and Guardians

What is the CAHSEE?
                                                     • Writing applications                             A scale score of 350 or higher is required on
State law, enacted in 1999, authorized the           • Writing conventions                              each part of the CAHSEE to pass. Students
development of the California High School Exit                                                          do not need to pass both parts of the CAHSEE
                                                     The other part of the CAHSEE addresses
Examination (CAHSEE), which students have to                                                            during the same administration in order to
                                                     state mathematics content standards in
pass in order to earn a high school diploma.                                                            satisfy the CAHSEE requirement. Students
                                                     grades six and seven and Algebra I, including
                                                     the following:                                     who do not pass one or both parts of the
All California public school students must satisfy
                                                                                                        CAHSEE in grade ten will have additional
the CAHSEE requirement, as well as all other          •   Statistics, data analysis, and probability
                                                                                                        opportunities in grade eleven and in grade
state and local requirements, in order to receive     •   Number sense
                                                                                                        twelve, if needed. Students who have not
a high school diploma. The CAHSEE                     •   Measurement and geometry
                                                                                                        passed one or both parts of the CAHSEE by
requirement can be satisfied by passing the           •   Algebra and functions
                                                                                                        the end of grade twelve are eligible to receive
exam or, for students with disabilities, receiving    •   Mathematical reasoning
                                                                                                        intensive instruction and services for up to two
a local waiver pursuant to Education Code             •   Algebra I
                                                                                                        years following grade twelve in order to pass
Section 60851(c).                                    Students must demonstrate computational            the CAHSEE.
                                                     skills and a foundation in arithmetic, including
The purpose of the CAHSEE is to improve                                                                 When do parents and guardians receive
                                                     working with decimals, fractions, and
student achievement in high school and help                                                             their child’s results?
ensure that students who graduate from high                                                             About seven weeks after each CAHSEE
school can demonstrate grade-level competency        What kinds of questions are on the                 administration, school districts will receive two
in reading, writing, and mathematics.                CAHSEE?
                                                                                                        copies of the CAHSEE Student and Parent
What subjects does the CAHSEE cover?                 The English–language arts (ELA) part of the        Report for each student who took the exam.
                                                     CAHSEE consists of multiple-choice questions       The school district will distribute one copy to
The CAHSEE consists of two parts: English–
                                                     and a writing task (essay). The mathematics        the student’s parents or guardians and place
language arts and mathematics. One part of the
                                                     part consists of all multiple-choice questions.    the other copy in the student’s permanent
CAHSEE addresses state English–language
                                                     Exam questions are given only in English.          record.
arts content standards through grade ten,
including reading and writing.                       When is the CAHSEE administered?                   Does passing the CAHSEE guarantee that
                                                     The CAHSEE is administered at the school site      a student will receive a high school
The reading section covers:                          during regular school hours on the dates           diploma?
 • Vocabulary                                        chosen by your school district. The ELA part is    No. Passing the CAHSEE is just one
 • Informational reading                             administered on the first day of testing and the   requirement for graduating from high school.
 • Literary reading                                  mathematics part on the second day of testing.     Students also must meet all other state and
                                                                                                        local requirements to receive a diploma
The writing section covers:                          All students must take the CAHSEE for the
 • Writing strategies                                first time in grade ten.
 California Department of Education – July 2008
How can parents and guardians help their               that part of the CAHSEE. Students who use a
child prepare for the CAHSEE?
The best academic preparation for the CAHSEE
                                                       modification and earn the equivalent of a           California High
                                                       passing score on one or both parts of the
is good instruction. Parents and guardians
should talk with their child’s teachers or principal
                                                       CAHSEE have not passed but may be eligible
                                                       for a waiver of the CAHSEE requirement (see
                                                                                                            School Exit
to learn more about the state academic content
standards in English–language arts and
                                                       Education Code Section 60851[c]).                    Examination
mathematics being taught at their child’s school.      What is done to assist English learners when
Parents and guardians whose child needs extra          taking the CAHSEE?
instruction to pass the CAHSEE should make             English learners must be permitted to take the            Information for
sure he or she takes advantage of additional           CAHSEE with certain test variations if used
                                                                                                             Parents and Guardians
learning opportunities provided by the school.         regularly in the classroom. For example, if
                                                       regularly used in the classroom, students must
The California Department of Education has             be permitted to hear the test directions in their
posted released CAHSEE test questions and              primary language or use a translation glossary.
CAHSEE study guides on its Web site at          Students who are English learners are required
                                                       to take the CAHSEE in grade ten with all other
What is done to assist students with                   grade ten students. During their first 24 months
disabilities when taking the CAHSEE?                   in a California school, English learners are to
The CAHSEE regulations specify                         receive six months of instruction in reading,
accommodations and modifications that                  writing, and comprehension in English
students with disabilities must be permitted to        (Education Code Section 60852). During this
use if specified in the student’s individualized       time, they are still required to take the CAHSEE.
education program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan for
                                                                    For More Information
use on the CAHSEE, standardized testing, or for
use during classroom instruction and                               Visit the CDE Web site at
assessments. An accommodation is a change in          
the testing environment or process that does not                               or
alter what the CAHSEE measures or affect the                                                                California Department of Education
comparability of scores, whereas a modification           Contact your child’s teachers, principal, or
is a change that fundamentally alters what the                                                                      July 2008
CAHSEE measures or affects the comparability
of scores. Students who use an accommodation
and earn a score of 350 or higher have passed

 California Department of Education – July 2008

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