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Intro to CAHSEE Prep Class

Jamie A. Cutter, M.Ed.

on 19 February 2014

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Transcript of CAHSEE

In California, all high school students must pass a test to earn a high school diploma. The test is called the California High School Exit Exam, or the CAHSEE.
Why A Test?
Tell Me More, Tell Me More!
The CAHSEE has two parts: English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
According to the Department of Education, “The primary purpose of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) is to significantly improve pupil achievement in public high schools and to ensure that pupils who graduate from public high schools can demonstrate grade level competency in reading, writing, and mathematics.”

The ELA part addresses state content standards through grade ten (your sophomore year).
Reading: vocabulary, decoding, comprehension, and analysis of information and literary texts.

Writing: writing strategies, applications, and the conventions of Standard English (grammar, spelling, and punctuation).
Kim can tell you what's on the math part!
What's On It?
What Kind of Test Is It?
The ELA part of the test will be:
About 80 multiple choice questions
1 short essay question.
(This could be a persuasive essay, a business letter, a biography, a reaction to literature, or an analysis on the subject of the question).

It is NOT timed, but you can only take it on designated days
How Is It Scored?
The score is adjusted to reflect the difficulty level of the test. Scores will range from 275 to 450.
You must earn at least 350 to pass (60%)
When you get your test results back, it will tell you whether you passed each section, as well as what your score was for each category.

The categories of questions are: word analysis, writing strategies, reading comprehension, writing conventions, literary response and analysis, and writing comprehension.
Challenging the CAHSEE
Some people don't think the CAHSEE is a good way to prove you're "college and career ready."
According to a study done at Stanford University, “There is no evidence that the exit exam has improved student achievement,” and that it does not truly measure study knowledge equally. This is known as the “stereotype threat.”
Basically, minority students under perform on the exam compared to white males with similar levels of academic skills.*
*New Research: California High School Exit Exam Lowers Graduation Rates for Girls and Students of Color, Stanford University 2009
So Why Take It?
Because you have to.

And the best way to "stick it to the man" (and the state of California) is to pass the test!
Other Questions I Predict You Will Ask....
Not yet! While passing the CAHSEE is required to graduate a high school in California, you still have to finish high school, including school and district requirements (like credit and course requirements at Delta).
If I Pass It Now, Do I Get To Graduate Early? Cuz, Like, It's The Exit Exam and All..
What If I Don't Pass?!?!?!?!
If you don't pass, you will get multiple chances to take it over the next few years—don't worry! The majority of people will pass it their first time. This class will help prepare you!
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