Future of high school exit exam unclear as California revamps testing requirements | EdSource Today

By Kathryn Baron

The current overhaul of California’s student testing program is skipping, for now, the California High School Exit Exam, the one test that’s truly high stakes. If students don’t pass, they don’t receive a high school diploma.

Gov. Jerry Brown has said he will sign Assembly Bill 484, which, as EdSource Today has reported, would suspend the current California Standards Tests in English language arts and math for grades 3 to 8 and 11. In its place, schools could give students a practice exam aligned to the new Common Core standards currently under development.

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Solano County Office of Education – News

Jay Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools, responded to today’s release of the 2012-13 California High School Exit Exam CAHSEE and Academic Performance Index API data.

“The Solano County Office of Education’s preliminary review of the CAHSEE and API data released today by the California Department of Education indicates an overall decline in the performance of the schools across Solano County during the past school year. While any decline is disappointing, these results are not surprising given the devastating funding cuts schools have endured over the last five years. I am optimistic that the new resources given to schools this year, targeted towards our neediest learners, will help put our schools back on the positive trend line we have held in the past several years.

via Solano County Office of Education.

Daily Republic Letter: Senior exit exam not fair

Myrna Greene

Fairfield

I’m a concerned parent and I’m not very happy how the state says seniors can’t walk the stage if they don’t pass the senior exit exam.

It’s not fair to them; especially, if they earned all their credits. My daughter has all her credits and passed the English, but not the math. She can retake it but won’t get results back in time for graduation.

via Senior exit exam not fair.

Vallejo Times-Herald: Vallejo’s Bethel High seeks students for academic ‘boot camp’

By Lanz Christian Bañes/Times-Herald staff writer/

Jesse Bethel High School officials are hoping more students sign up for its after-school tutoring program to help them pass the critical state exit exam.

“We are strategically giving pathways for students to pass the first time,” Vice Principal Absylom Sims said Wednesday as he and dozens of students held up signs in the parking lot encouraging teenagers to enroll in tutoring.

Students must pass the California High School Exit Exam, often referred to as CAHSEE, in order to receive a diploma. They have multiple chances to do so beginning in their sophomore year.

via Vallejo’s Bethel High seeks students for academic ‘boot camp’.

The Educated Guess: Exit exam results show gains in closing achievement gap

By Susan Frey

African American and Latino students showed the biggest gains on California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) results for the Class of 2012, narrowing the achievement gap between them and their Asian and white counterparts, according to preliminary results reported by the California Department of Education.

African Americans in the Class of 2012 gained 2.3 percentage points over the Class of 2011, with 91.9 percent passing the exam by the end of their senior year. Latino students saw a 1.4 percentage point increase over 2011, with 93.1 percent passing.

via Exit exam results show gains in closing achievement gap – by Susan Frey.

Daily Republic: Local students parallel state numbers on exit exams

FAIRFIELD — Local students echoed state results in the California high school exit exam results released Wednesday.

Statewide, 91 percent of students passed the exit exam — with 84 percent of sophomores passing the math test and 83 percent passing the English portion. Students can take the tests again if they fail as sophomores.

Throughout Solano County, 83 percent of sophomores passed the English test and 81 percent passed the math test.

via Local students parallel state numbers on exit exams.

CA Dept of Education: CAHSEE Results for Class of 2012

LOS ANGELES—The percentage of students from the Class of 2012 meeting the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) graduation requirement increased slightly over last year to 95 percent, marking the sixth straight year of improving performance, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

“When 95 percent of California students are hitting the mark—despite the tremendous challenges we face and the work we still have to do—there’s an awful lot going right in our public schools,” Torlakson said. “I congratulate the students who succeeded on this test, the teachers who provided invaluable instruction, and the parents who gave their support and encouragement.”

The CAHSEE is administered each year to ensure that students who graduate from public high schools demonstrate competency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students who do not pass the CAHSEE in grade ten have two opportunities in grade eleven and up to five opportunities in grade twelve to pass the exam.

via CAHSEE Results for Class of 2012.

The Educated Guess: Extra support no help for high school exit exam

By Kathryn Baron

Years of interventions designed to help students pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) have had little impact. A study released last night by the Public Policy Institute of California found that tutoring didn’t help students at all, while CAHSEE prep classes and continued support after twelfth grade had only modest success.

“The glass is a quarter full,” said UC San Diego economics professor Julian Betts, a co-author of the study. “There’s modest success here and we should take some pride in that.”

The report, titled Passing the California High School Exit Exam: Have recent policies improved student performance?, found that that the assistance programs helped somewhere between 1.5 and 3 percent of students who failed the exam in their sophomore year to eventually pass the test.

“In other words, the interventions unfortunately do not help the vast majority of those failing the CAHSEE in grade 10 to pass the test in a later grade,” wrote the authors.

via No Exit – by Kathryn Baron.

California Progress Report: Efforts to Help Struggling Students Pass Exit Exam Are Too Little, Too Late

By the Public Policy Institute of California

State-funded support services for students who fail the California High School Exit Exam in grade 10 have helped only a small percentage of students go on to pass the test and obtain their diplomas, according to a report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

The PPIC report assesses the impact of two state laws allocating funds to districts for tutoring and other services to help students pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), which is administered several times before the end of grade 12. One law, AB 128, funds tutoring and other support for students primarily in grades 11 and 12. A second, AB 347, provides two additional years of support for students to re-enroll in school if they have failed to pass the exam by the end of grade 12.

via Efforts to Help Struggling Students Pass Exit Exam Are Too Little, Too Late.