CAHSEE - CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM


To earn a high school diploma, all California high school students must pass the CAHSEE.*  The test helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with grade level skills in reading, writing, and math. The CAHSEE is given to 10th grade students. If they do not pass the test while in the 10th grade, they have the opportunity to retake the test two more times in the 11th grade and up to five more times in the 12th grade.

Students with disabilities are required to take the CAHSEE in grade 10 as part of the census administration for compliance with No Child Left Behind.  tudents with disabilities intending to earn a regular high school diploma must meet the CAHSEE requirement and complete all state and district graduation requirements, as specified above. For students with disabilities, the CAHSEE requirement can be met in the following ways:

• take the exam without accommodations or modifications and earn a score of 350 or more.

 • take the exam with accommodations pursuant to the student’s IEP or 504 plan and earn a score of 350 or more.

• take the exam with modifications pursuant to the student’s IEP or 504 plan, earn a score of 350 or more, and be granted a waiver of the requirement to   pass the CAHSEE by the Board of Education.