California Permanently Eliminates High School Exit Exam Requirement

Melody Gutierrez, SFGate, October 10, 2017

California has permanently scrapped its high school exit exam under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.

The California High School Exit Examination was a requirement to receive a diploma in the state, but the legislature voted in 2015 to drop it for the high school classes of 2015 to 2018. Diplomas were retroactively awarded to anyone who met all other graduation requirements after the test became a mandatory must-pass exam in 2004.

That resulted in an estimated 40,000 former high school students receiving their diplomas.

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