California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

The purpose of CAHSEE is to assess whether students who graduate from high school can demonstrate grade-level competency in the state content standards for reading, writing and mathematics. 

To receive a high school diploma in the State of California, a student needs to pass both sections this exam. Students have multiple opportunities to pass both sections of this exam. Once a student passes each section, they will not need to repeat that section. However, if the student doesn't pass one or either section with a passing score of (350), then the student will be given several more opportunities to pass.

Coast Redwood High School occasionally offers a CAHSEE prep opportunity or makes available the resources for parents to prepare their student at home. Writing tips are noted below.


Mathematics - Released Questions

English Language Arts - Released Questions


 Reading Section  Writing Section Mathematics 

 vocabulary writing strategies statistics, data analysis, and  probability
 informational reading  comprehension writing applications number sense
 literary response and analysis written and oral  English  language  conventions measurement and geometry
   algebra and functions
   mathematical reasoning
   algebra one
   Students must show computational skills and a foundation of  knowledge in  arithmetic  including working with decimals, fractions, and  percentages.


Students with Disabilities (IEP/504 Plan)

What is EC Section 60852.3?
Beginning in the 2009­–10 school year, California Education Code Section 60852.3 provides an exemption from meeting the CAHSEE requirement as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation for eligible students with disabilities who have an individualized education program (IEP) or a Section 504 plan. The IEP or Section 504 plans must state that the student is scheduled to receive a high school diploma, and has satisfied or will satisfy all other state and local requirements for high school graduation, on or after July 1, 2009. The exemption from meeting the CAHSEE requirement ends June 30, 2015, unless the State Board of Education extends the implementation of the alternative means assessment one additional year.

Do students need to have a specific disability to be eligible for the exemption?
California Education Code Section 60852.3 states that any student with disabilities (any type of disability, for any duration) who has an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan, and has satisfied or will satisfy all other state and local requirements for receipt of a high school diploma, is exempt from meeting the CAHSEE requirement as a condition of graduation.

How long will this exemption be in effect?
California Education Code Section 60852.3(b) states that this exemption will last until the State Board of Education (SBE) makes either a determination that alternative means to the CAHSEE for students with disabilities are not feasible or such alternative means have been implemented. The exemption from meeting the CAHSEE requirement ends June 30, 2015, unless the State Board of Education extends the implementation of the alternative means assessment one additional year.


The CAHSEE Writing Task

To demonstrate achievement in the California English-language-arts academic content standards from the Writing Applications strand, students must successfully respond to one on-demand writing task. The writing task will be a response to a reading passage or a response to a writing prompt. With a response to literature, students are asked to analyze the passage and write a text-based response. With a response to a writing prompt, students are asked to write a response based on their own knowledge and viewpoints about a given topic. 

Writing Tip
It is very important that the student practices "on-demand" writing. A good 4-point essay contains a 5-6 sentence thesis, and transitions into the next paragraph(s). The second through fourth paragraphs, with transitions, must contain 5-6 sentences with supporting evidence from prior knowledge of the subject, or an understanding and opinion on the subject. To close your essay, a strong concluding paragraph restating your thesis, and concluding remarks. If the prompt is to write a letter to an official, proper formatting is critical. No use of slang, or inappropriate language. Grammar is critical. 
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