The California High School Exit Exam: Preparation, Promotion or Politics?
December 7, 2006


Californiaís graduating class of 2006 was the first required to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). With a passage rate just over 90 percent, many deemed the exam a success. But an estimated 40,000 students from the class of 2006 still havenít passed the exam. This meeting will examine some of the issues and concerns surrounding the exam. With a passage rate so high, is the test sufficiently difficult? What kind of support is provided to students who cannot pass the test? What recommendations can students offer to improve the test and its passage rate? What happens to those 40,000? Will their failure to pass the exam hinder their futures?