High School Student Proficiency in English Language Arts and Mathematics
The results of the 2014-15 California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) shows that approximately 22% and 16% of students passed English Language Arts and Mathematics, respectively. This most recent available data from the California Department of Education suggests that a large majority of high school students are unprepared to graduate from high school.
Senate Bill 172, signed by Governor Brown in October 2015, suspends the administration of the CAHSEE and the requirement that students completing grade twelve pass the exam as a condition of receiving a high school diploma. The law took effect on January 1, 2016. The suspension has allowed more students to receive a high school diploma. Furthermore, the California Assembly have voted to permanently eliminate the exam in 2017.