Governor Brown has signed Senate Bill 172, which removes the CAHSEE as a graduation requirement for the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2018-19 school years. The law also requires school districts to grant a diploma to any student who completed grade twelve in the 2003–04 school year, or a subsequent school year, and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than passage of CAHSEE. (Please note: CAHSEE was administered beginning in 2003-04 but was not a graduation requirement until 2005-06.)
The law will not take effect until January 1, 2016. LAUSD is in the process of developing an online procedure for students to request diplomas. LAUSD will also send notices to students’ last known address and post notices on social media. Schools are to hold off on granting any diplomas for students who graduated prior to the 2014-15 school year until the policy and procedures are developed.
Los Angeles Unified has identified nearly 8,100 former students who meet the SB172 criteria, and will be sending a letter to their last known address, advising them that they are now eligible for a diploma, said Dr. Cynthia Lim, executive director of the District’s Office of Data and Accountability.
Students are encouraged to apply, even if they are unsure that they qualify. Even if they are not eligible for a diploma, the District will advise them on what courses they are missing and provide options for how they earn these credits and complete their graduation requirements.