|California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)|
A research project to inform California policymakers and district leaders about how students and schools are responding to the high school exit examination in selected districts
A Research Project to Evaluate the Impact of the California High School Exit Examination
The goal of this two-year study is to inform school, district, and state policy and practice regarding the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). We are interested in providing school districts and policymakers with high-quality empirical evidence regarding:
Proponents of state high school exit exams suggest that such “high-stakes” tests motivate both students and educators to work harder to ensure pass rates. Others, however, suggest that such tests may exacerbate inequalities in educational outcomes across racial/ethnic groups and socioeconomic status, largely through increasing the dropout rates of some students who, but for passing this graduation requirement, would remain in school and obtain a diploma. Yet, the degree to which the California High School Exit Exam would lead to any of these outcomes remains an open empirical question.
Specifically, the project will investigate several dimensions of the CAHSEE in four California school districts. First, we seek to answer the following key descriptive questions:
investigators expect that results from this study will be used to
inform educational policy in three domains: (1) in the California
legislature; (2) in California school districts; and (3) in larger,
national education policy discussions. The project will begin on
January 1, 2007 and conclude in December 2008.