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       (Without Reference to File)





       SENATE THIRD READING


       SB  
       725 (Hancock)


       As Amended  August 20, 2015


       2/3 vote.  Urgency


       SENATE VOTE:  40-0


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       |Committee       |Votes|Ayes                  |Noes                |
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       |Education       |7-0  |O'Donnell, Chávez,    |                    |
       |                |     |Kim, McCarty,         |                    |
       |                |     |Santiago, Thurmond,   |                    |
       |                |     |Weber                 |                    |
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       |----------------+-----+----------------------+--------------------|
       |Appropriations  |17-0 |Gomez, Bigelow,       |                    |
       |                |     |Bloom, Bonta,         |                    |
       |                |     |Calderon, Chang,      |                    |
       |                |     |Daly, Eggman,         |                    |
       |                |     |Gallagher,            |                    |








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       |                |     |Eduardo Garcia,       |                    |
       |                |     |Holden, Jones, Quirk, |                    |
       |                |     |Rendon, Wagner,       |                    |
       |                |     |Weber, Wood           |                    |
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       SUMMARY:  Provides that the California High School Exit Examination  
       (CAHSEE) shall not be required as a condition of receiving a diploma  
       of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school for a  
       pupil completing grade 12 in 2015 and who has met all other high  
       school graduation requirements.  Contains an urgency clause allowing  
       the provisions of this bill to take effect immediately.


       FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Assembly Appropriations Committee,  
       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:  Current law requires students to pass the CAHSEE as a  
       condition of receiving a high school diploma, in addition to  
       completing all other state and local graduation requirements.  At this  
       time, the contract for the CAHSEE has not been renewed, which has  
       eliminated an opportunity for students to take the exam.  The last  
       administration of the CAHSEE was in May.  Accordingly, students who  
       have not yet passed the exam no longer have the opportunity to do so.   
       According to the author's office, about 5,000 California students have  
       met all other requirements to graduate from high school, but will not  
       receive their diplomas because they have not passed the CAHSEE.  Not  
       having a diploma will impair the ability of many of these students to  
       attend a college or university, acquire an apprenticeship, find  
       employment, or enter into military service.  The purpose of this bill  








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       is to avoid these consequences.


       Related legislation.  The CAHSEE is aligned to academic content  
       standards that were adopted over a decade ago and not to the current  
       Common Core State Standards.  Accordingly, SB 172 (Liu), which is  
       pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, suspends the CAHSEE  
       until 2018-19 and requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to  
       convene an advisory committee to make recommendations regarding the  
       continuation of the CAHSEE and alternative pathways to satisfy high  
       school graduation requirements.  Although SB 172 exempts students in  
       the class of 2015 from the exit exam requirement, it would not take  
       effect until January 1, 2016, which would not solve the immediate  
       problem.


       Analysis Prepared by:                                            Rick  
       Pratt / ED. / (916) 319-2087  FN: 0001410