Exit Exam reprieve gets California lawmakers’ OK

Sep 10, 2015 by

SACRAMENTO — An estimated 5,000 California high school students who met graduation requirements this year but did not pass the state High School Exit Exam would be able to receive their diplomas nonetheless under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday.

SB725 heads to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation, which was introduced after state officials realized students were denied diplomas based on a test they could no longer take.

The California Senate approved the bill Monday in a 37-0 vote. The bill passed the Assembly last week 77-1.

The legislative fix comes after state education officials canceled the July Exit Exam, leaving students no way of taking the test.

Many of those students were required to pass the July test as a condition of being accepted into four-year colleges, the military and some job-training programs.

“We can’t expect students to meet requirements we no longer offer an opportunity to meet,” said state Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada-Flintridge (Los Angeles County).

Source: Exit Exam reprieve gets California lawmakers’ OK – SFGate

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