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    State Schools Chief Will Advise State Board of Education To Delay High School Exit Exam Until 2006; Is Cancelling July '03 Exit Exam Administration

    (June 15, 2003) -- Following up on a developing story reported June 5 by, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O' Connell has announced he will recommend that the State Board of Education delay for two years implementation of the CA High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) which students would otherwise be required to pass to receive a high school diploma starting with the class of 2004 (graduates in June '04.)

    In a written statement, posted verbatim by, O'Connell said he is also cancelling the July, 2003 administration of the CAHSEE.

    As previously reported, the CA Assembly -- with supportive votes from Assemblymembers Alan Lowenthal and Jenny Oropeza -- voted for a bill (now heading to the CA Senate) that would trump whatever the State Board of Education does. AB 356 would defer the CA High School Exit Exam by law until 2006..but would let local school districts decide what part the CAHSEE exam should play in their individual graduation requirements, meaning local school districts could presumably require the CAHSEE if they wish.

    To view the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Statement, click State Superintendent of Public Instruction statement re CAHSEE, June 2003.

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