Proper Use of the California High School Exit Exam

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Intersegmental Issues

Whereas, As part of California's school reform efforts, students must receive passing scores on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in order to graduate from high school and receive a diploma, even if they passed all of their classes;

Whereas, Our colleagues in the K-12 system continue to strive to provide quality instruction to students while endeavoring to meet the demands of the CAHSEE; and

Whereas, Study is needed to answer many questions around the high school exit exam program including whether the pass rate on the CAHSEE is being properly calculated and whether the test requirement is causing undesirable and unintended outcomes (e.g., dropping out, failure to amass appropriate credits for graduation or CSU/UC eligibility, academic frustration, teaching to the test, UC/CSU ineligibility, etc.);

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges join ICAS in recommending state-sponsored and independent studies of the full impact of CAHSEE on curriculum and pedagogy. MSC Disposition: ICAS, Local Senates

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