Print this Article

Cancellation of CAHSEE Causing College Admission Snafu for Some Students

August 20, 2015

On August 13, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson called the University of California and California State University systems and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities to ask for their assistance in helping students who are being denied entrance into college solely because they have not passed the state high school exit exam.

"No student's dream of a college education should be delayed because of an anomaly," Torlakson said. "That's why I am working closely with college administrators and the Legislature to remedy the situation and help these students stay on track for college."

The California Department of Education is working with the Legislature to pass legislation that would suspend the exit exam requirement for the next three years because the exam does not reflect the new state academic standards being taught in schools. Senate Bill 172 has been making its way through the legislative process all year, and if it is approved and signed, students can then get a diploma without passing the exit exam.

With the legislation to suspend the California High School Exit Exam progressing, the $11 million-a-year contract to administer the test was not renewed, and therefore the July exam was not offered as in past years.

The California State University (CSU) system announced in a statement released on August 18 that at CSU campuses “First-time freshmen, who applied and were provisionally admitted to attend a California State University (CSU) campus for fall 2015, will be allowed to start classes despite the cancellation in July of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Some California high school students did not receive a graduation date on their final high school transcripts because of the cancellation of the exam.┬áPassage of the CAHSEE is not a requirement for CSU admission eligibility; however, a high school graduation date, noted on official transcripts, is required to verify successful completion of the required coursework for admission.”

“We have asked the admissions offices at all 23 CSU campuses to be flexible in the final evaluation of new freshmen who might not have received their graduation date on final transcripts,” said Loren Blanchard, CSU executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “California high school graduates who aspire to enroll at a CSU campus and meet all other requirements for admission to the CSU will not be turned away because of the decision to cancel the exam.”

Source:  California Department of Education