CASHEE Test Schedule New

Lauen Williams, Staff Writer

The CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam) will be administered to sophomore students on February 4 and 5. This year, a new schedule is being introduced, giving freshmen, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to sleep in.

In past years, sophomore students would take the test at 8:00 a.m., while other students attended their first two classes as usual. This year sophomores will still take the test at 8:00, but all other students will begin school at 10:00 a.m.

Due to the ongoing construction on the multi-use room, the CAHSEE must be taken in classrooms, based on the schedule that testing coordinator, Mary Kenny-Broda is creating. The use of the classrooms for testing prevents other students from attending their own classes, which is why they will be starting at 10:00 a.m.

The schedule change was directed by the district and other schools in the district will follow the new schedule as well, according to vice principal Sharon Bartlett.

The schedule for next year is unknown because schools do not know whether the test will continue to be taken, because of the new Common Core State Standards. Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign the bill that will eliminate standardize testing from grades 3-8 and 11, but the plans for the CAHSEE are uncertain.

Bartlett described the situation with the new standardized testing as “like jumping out of an airplane with silk worms and a needle and thread” because the state hasn’t given the district a very clear “district roadmap” of the future testing.