Our February 12 seminar, "Grading the California High School Exit Exam" is now available for streaming or download. The speaker, Julian Betts, is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department at the University of California, San Diego.
The CAHSEE has been criticized as being unfair to English Learners, special education students and some racial groups, as well as being ineffective in raising student achievement. Some have called for eliminating passage of the CAHSEE as a graduation requirement for California students. Betts discusses whether the CAHSEE requirement and related funding for intervention is helping or hurting students academically, with a focus on who has been failing the exam, how early we can identify students at risk of failing, and how and when school districts might intervene to help students at risk of failure. He also discusses the state’s policy options in the current budgetary climate. The speaker was introduced by PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.