What is the CAHSEE you may ask?
State law, enacted in 1999, authorized development of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), which students would have to pass to earn a high school diploma. Beginning with the 2005-06 school year, all
Notification of the CAHSEE requirement.
All students, parents, and their guardians will be provided with notice of the CAHSEE requirement beginning in grade nine and each year thereafter [Education Code Section 60850(f)(1)]. If you have recently moved, please provide us with a recent utility bill so we may update our system. The notification will include, at a minimum, the date of the exam, the requirements for passing the exam, and the consequences of not passing the exam (Education Code Section 48980). Transfer students will be notified at the time they transfer.
What subjects does the CAHSEE cover?
The CAHSEE is divided into two parts: English-language arts and mathematics. One part of the CAHSEE addresses state English-language arts content standards through grade ten. It includes reading, decoding, and writing.
The reading and decoding section covers:
The writing section covers:
The other part of the CAHSEE addresses state mathematics content standards in grades six and seven and Algebra I. It includes:
When is the CAHSEE administered?
The CAHSEE will be given during regular school hours in the month of March with the dates chosen by the district. The English-language arts part is administered on day one and the mathematics part on the following day. All students must take the CAHSEE for the first time in grade ten. Students who do not pass the exam in grade ten will have additional opportunities to retake the part(s) in grade eleven and yet again in grade twelve, if needed.
When do parents/guardians receive their student's results?
About ten weeks after each CAHSEE administration, the district will receive two copies of the CAHSEE Student and Parent Report for each student who took the exam. The district will distribute one copy to parents or guardians and place the other copy in the student's permanent record. A scale score of 350 or higher is required on each part of the CAHSEE to pass.
Does passing the CAHSEE guarantee that a student will receive a high school diploma?
No. Passing the CAHSEE is just one requirement for graduating from high school. Students also must meet other state and local requirements to receive a diploma.
How can parents/guardians help their students prepare for the CAHSEE?
The best academic preparation for the CAHSEE is good instruction. Parents should talk with their student's teacher or principal to learn more about the state academic content standards in English-language arts and mathematics being taught at their student's school. Parents whose student needs extra instruction to pass the CAHSEE should make sure he or she is enrolled in the special learning opportunities provided at Pioneer.
What is done to assist students with special needs?
A student with special needs may need to take the CAHSEE with a test variation. A test variation is a change in the manner in which a test is presented or administered, or in how a test taker is allowed to respond. Test variations include, but are not limited to, accommodations and modifications. An accommodation is a change in the testing environment or process that does not alter what is intended to be tested by the CAHSEE, whereas a modification is a change that alters what is intended to be tested.
For more information please contact The California Department of Education at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/resources.asp, where they have posted released CAHSEE test questions and CAHSEE study guides.
STANDARDIZED TESTING AND RECORDING (STAR)
Each year in the month of April or May, the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students are required by the state of California to test for the STAR Program. This test will measures your child's progress in meeting California's Content Standards, which describe what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level.
This report shows your child's scores on the California Standards Tests (CST), as well as on the California Achievement Tests, Sixth Edition Survey (CAT/6 Survey). The report also gives suggestions for how you can continue to help your child learn.