CAHSEE

Maya Manjarrez

The California high school exit exam, also known as the CAHSEE, has officially been abolished. Governor Jerry Brown signed a legislation canceling the CAHSEE as a requirement for students to graduate on Oct 7, 2015.

“Seniors who met all other graduation requirements, about 5,000 students statewide, will also receive their diplomas,” said the Desert Sun, an online news website.

Many students at Venice High had no idea about the changes made to their graduation requirements, and a few students believed that the cancellation was somewhat unnecessary.

When informed about the CAHSEE’s abolition, senior Steven Martinez said, “It is?”

Alan Ruiz, a junior who also didn’t know about the CAHSEE’s cancellation, said that when he took the test, it was very easy.

Ruiz stated, “[The CAHSEE shouldn’t have been cancelled] because people need to know basic math and English to graduate.”

At Venice High, all sophomores had to take the CAHSEE. You were able to take it as many times as necessary, but you had to pass it in order to graduate.

Ryan Cano-Williams agreed with Ruiz.

“It [the CAHSEE] tested students ability to graduate high school,” said Cano-Williams.

The San Jose Mercury News website wrote an article on Oct. 8 explaining how educators thought that the CAHSEE was outdated and didn’t touch on Common Core standards.

“Lawmakers and education officials are discussing replacements for the test better aligned with the new Common core standards for math and English, including the possibility that it could be scrapped altogether,” wrote the Sacramento Bee news website on Aug. 24.