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Atascadero USD |  BP  6162.52  Instruction

High School Exit Examination   

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Atascadero USD has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The Board of Trustees desires to ensure that district students who graduate from high school can demonstrate grade-level competency in reading, writing and mathematics and are given the opportunity to learn the subjects covered in the high school exit examination (hereinafter the "exam").

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that district programs and services, including but not limited to instructional materials, staff development and remediation programs, are aligned with the exam.

The Superintendent or designee shall administer the exam as required by law for high school graduation. (Education Code 60850)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.54 - Test Integrity/Test Preparation)

Students who do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward passing the exit exam shall be provided necessary supplemental instruction necessary to assist the students to succeed on the exam. (Education Code 60851)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)

Accommodations for Student with Disabilities

A student with a disability shall be permitted to take the exit exam with any accommodations or modifications provided for testing as specified in his/her individualized education program (IEP) adopted pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 plan adopted pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. (Education Code 60850)

(cf. 6146.4 - Differential Graduation and Competency Standards for Students with Disabilities)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education under Section 504)

At the parent/guardian's request, the principal shall submit to the Board a request for a waiver of the requirement to successfully pass the exit exam for a student with a disability who has taken the exit exam with modifications that alter what the test measures and has received the equivalent of a passing score on one or more subject matter parts of the exam. The Board may waive the requirement for such a student has all of the following: (Education Code 60851)

1. An IEP or 504 plan in place that requires the accommodations or modifications to be provided to the student when taking the exit exam.

2. Sufficient high school level coursework either satisfactorily completed or in progress in the district's high school level curriculum sufficient to have attained the skills and knowledge otherwise needed to pass the exit exam.

3. An individual score report for the student showing that the student has received the equivalent of a passing score on the exam while using a modification that fundamentally alters what the exit exam measures as determined by the State Board of Education.

Upon receiving the certification from the principal, the Board shall consider the waiver request in a timely manner, generally at the next scheduled regular Board meeting.

In order to protect the student's privacy rights, the waiver shall be considered in closed session. Final Board action on the waiver shall be taken in open session and shall be a matter of public record. (Education Code 35146)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

(cf. 9321.1 - Closed Session Actions and Reports)

Accommodations for English Language Learners

English language learners may be allowed accommodations on the exam that are necessary and appropriate to afford access to the test consistent with federal law, as long as the accommodations do not fundamentally alter what the exam is designed to measure, including additional time as provided for all student in 5 CCR 1215. (5 CCR 1216, 1217.5)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that English language learners are evaluated to determine if they possess sufficient English language skills at the time of the exam to be assessed with the test. (5 CCR 1217.5)

If a student does not possess sufficient English language skills to be assessed on the exam, the Superintendent or designee may defer the exam requirement for a period of up to 24 calendar months of enrollment in the California public school system until the student has completed six months of instruction in reading, writing and comprehension in the English language. (Education Code 60852)

Legal Reference:


35146 Closed sessions

35186 Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures

37252-37254.1 Supplemental instruction

51041 Evaluation of educational program

52378 Supplemental school counseling program

56026 Individuals with exceptional needs

56101 Waiver of code or regulation

60810 Assessment of language development

60850-60859 Exit examination


1200-1225 High school exit examination


1400-1482 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


794 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504


300.503 Prior notice


O'Connell v. Superior Court (Valenzuela), (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 1452

Smiley v. California Department of Education, (2002) 45 Fed.Appx. 780

Chapman v. California Department of Education, (2002) 229 F.Supp.2d 981

Management Resources:


Independent Evaluation of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), Annual Reports, Human Resources Research Organization


The Use of Tests as Part of High-Stakes Decision-Making for Students: A Resource Guide for Educators and Policy-Makers, December 2001



California Department of Education, California High School Exit Examination:

Educational Testing Service:

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights:


adopted: March 18, 2003 Atascadero, California