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California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

Until recently our high school students have been allowed to graduate high school without passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).  New regulations have been instituted.  That option is no longer permitted.  To graduate high school a California School for the Blind student must follow the protocol outlined in the notice from the Department of Education.

California Department of Education


Date:         November 21, 2007

From:        Mary Hudler, Director, Special Education Division
                  Deb Sigman, Director, Standards and Assessment Division

Subject:     Official Message from State Directors of Special Education and Standards and Assessment

California Education Code [EC] Section 60852.4] allowed students in the Class of 2007 with disabilities to be granted a high school diploma without meeting the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) requirement. This CAHSEE exemption ends on December 31, 2007.

Beginning on January 1, 2008, all students with disabilities intending to earn a regular high school diploma must meet the CAHSEE requirement and complete all state and district graduation requirements, including Algebra 1 or its equivalent.

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 and earn a score of 350 or more.
  • Take the exam with modifications, earn a score of 350 or more and be granted a waiver of the requirement to pass the CAHSEE by the local board of education.

Please note that a combination of the above may occur. For example, a student may take the English-language arts section with accommodations and receive a score of 350; take the math section with a modification (e.g., a calculator) and receive a score of 350. In this case, the waiver would be granted for the math section of the exam.


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