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          Date of Hearing:  August 19, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          SB 725  
          (Hancock) - As Amended August 18, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill specifies the California high school exit exam  
          (CAHSEE) is not required as a condition of receiving a diploma  
          of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school for  








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          a pupil completing grade 12 in 2015, and who has met all other  
          high school graduation requirements.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Unknown, likely minor costs to local education agencies to  
          modify graduation policies to reflect the removal of the CAHSEE  
          as a requirement for receiving a diploma of graduation or as a  
          condition of graduation from high school in 2015.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. Current law requires pupils to successfully pass the  
            CAHSEE as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation, in  
            addition to completing state and local graduation  
            requirements. 
            The last administration of the CAHSEE was in May 2015 and the  
            state does not plan to administer the test again because the  
            contract has expired.  The contract was not renewed because  
            pending legislation, SB 172 (Liu), proposes to cancel the test  
            in the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 school years while an  
            advisory committee determines future alternatives.  
            Accordingly, the exam is no longer available for class of 2015  
            test takers who failed the May administration and cannot  
            retake the test.  


            This bill removes the CAHSEE as a requirement for high school  
            graduation for the 2015 year only.  This addresses the  
            immediate need of those students that do not have the  
            opportunity to take the test and allows local education  
            agencies to provide students with a high school diploma if  
            they have met all other graduation requirements. 










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            The California Department of Education estimates approximately  
            5,000 students have met all coursework requirements to  
            graduate but have not passed the CAHSEE.


          2)Related legislation.  SB 172 (Liu), pending on Suspense in  
            this committee, suspends the CAHSEE requirement for the  
            2014-15 through the 2017-18 school years, inclusive and  
            requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to  
            convene an advisory panel to 


            provide recommendations on the continuation of the CAHSEE and  
            on alternative pathways to satisfy the high school graduation  
            requirements.


          Analysis Prepared by:Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916) 319-2081