Senate Bill could Suspend CA High School Exit Exam

SB 172 author Carol Liu argues the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) has become outdated and is measuring old standards.

The new standards are that of the divisive Common Core, which stands in stark contrast to the standards that CAHSEE, first implemented in 1999, tests for.

SB 172 puts a hold to the CAHSEE for 3 years to allow for the State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction to put an advisory panel together and suggest necessary changes for future CAHSEEs or purpose an entirely new course of testing.

Those opposing the bill think that the 3 year gap is a lapse in accountability.

The majority of tenth-graders pass the current CAHSEE with their first attempt, and upwards of 90% pass before graduation.

SB 172 passed the Senate Floor vote and is currently in the Assembly Committee for Education.

For the full text of SB 172, see here.

The full story behind the CAHSEE suspension can be found here.

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